The European Union’s agreement to phase out production of internal combustion engine cars over the next 12 years is problematic, but the bigger problem is making enough batteries for electric cars to replace internal combustion engine cars. In an interview with the Reuters agency, the financial director of the German car company Volkswagen, Arno Antlitz, said this.
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The comments came after EU countries agreed on laws to combat climate change, including one that requires new cars sold in the Union to emit zero carbon dioxide emissions from 2035. In practice , this could make it impossible to sell cars with internal combustion engines.
“The most challenging topic is not increasing the number of auto manufacturing plants. The most challenging topic is getting the battery supply chain off the ground,” Antlitz said.
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Volkswagen said it would stop selling combustion engine vehicles in the region on that date. Some automakers are late in developing electric cars, but may have problems meeting the deadline.
Major car companies are trying to secure battery supplies. However, finding enough raw materials for their production can be a bigger problem. Failure to secure sufficient supplies of lithium, nickel, manganese or cobalt could slow the transition to electric vehicles, make them more expensive and threaten automakers’ profit margins.
A strict ban on internal combustion engines has social risks, says the head of Stellantis
Automaker Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said last month that he expects the auto industry to have a battery shortage for electric vehicles between 2024 and 2025 because there won’t be enough of them. new battery plant, but production of electric cars will grow.
However, he was more critical in the past when he let himself be heard saying that “it is clear that electrification is a technology chosen by politicians, not by the car industry”. “It should not be forgotten that this will have social consequences and the risk of losing the middle class who will no longer be able to buy cars,” he continued.