PSA CEO Voices Unbacked Concerns Over Societal Issues Of EVs
According to PSA CEO Carlos Tavares, the adoption of electric cars will bring forth many societal concerns that most people aren’t considering.
Despite the fact that PSA’s plan for the future includes further electrification efforts, Tavares feels the need to explain his qualms with the technology. Perhaps this is because a fully electrified lineup is still far off, and other automakers are moving ahead much more quickly.
PSA Group aims to have some form of electrification in half of its lineup by 2020. However, “some form” is not saying much. The automaker is looking at 2025 to offer a fully electrified lineup.
Again, the keyword here is emphasized. There’s no talk about a fully electric vehicle lineup at any point in the foreseeable future.
Tavares’ specific concerns revolve around battery production. He feels there will be many consequences involved in the switch, and he doesn’t believe others are aware or truly understand. He shared (via Autocar):
What I wonder about is who is taking the 360 degree view? There is so much more to consider than selling electrified cars, from the battery creation to the battery recycling, from the rare metals being used to the extraction techniques to get them, to what it means for taxation, the total cost of ownership, the charging point infrastructure and more. If you want clean energy you need to ask how you produce that energy.
From my perspective, the current strategy around this 360 degree view is lacking clarity. The car industry is moving quickly and strongly, but from cities to governments I am a little worried that the answer is that nobody has a cohesive approach. If they miss something then the whole strategy could backfire on us, not just as an industry but on citizens as a whole.
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