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For Carlos Tavares, e-fuels will not change the energy transition

Stellantis boss Carlos Tavares spoke about synthetic fuels. According to him, even if they are admitted to Europe after 2035, it will not change “much” to the trajectory that the automotive industry is taking.

Carlos Tavares, the boss of the Stellantis group, has never really been a fervent defender of all-electric, even if the European Union’s decision to ban the sale of thermal cars from 1is July 2035 obviously forced him to change his tune.

As you may know, the EU recently validated an exception after 2035 for thermal cars. Models running on synthetic fuels will be authorized for sale, this energy having been deemed climate neutral. To discover all the ins and outs concerning synthetic fuels, do not hesitate to consult our dedicated article.

Synthetic fuel will have to prove itself

This could obviously have been seen as good news for Carlos Tavares, especially for the motorsport fan that he is, but according to him, the approval of e-fuels will not change much of the trajectory that the automotive industry is taking today.

“We are on track to deliver the electrification expected by the EU”said Carlos Tavares during the first forum « Freedom of mobility » of Stellantis. The group also hopes to make this event an annual meeting within the next few years.

“I think e-fuels will be another technological direction that will be developed”said Carlos Tavares. “This industry will have to demonstrate that it is truly carbon neutral, from carbon ‘capture’ on the one hand to engine emissions on the other”.

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Everything for the electric car

In a general way, Stellantis prefers to focus today exclusively on the electric carwith in particular the desire to offer less expensive products.

This will go through several points and, according to him, the legislator will also have a role to play, in particular with deployment of charging infrastructure. A better mesh will make it possible to offer cars with smaller batteries, with less autonomy too, but therefore also less expensive.

“One of the most important ways to make clean mobility affordable is to make electric vehicles lighter, which means finding better battery chemistries, using alternative materials and having public charging infrastructure. making it possible to have cars with less autonomy and, therefore, smaller batteries”said Carlos Tavares. “If the car is smaller, the weight is lower; if the weight is lower, the cost is also lower. »

“Ultimately, electric vehicles will be more affordable if the infrastructure is dense enough to provide peace of mind in terms of range”he added.

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