Tavares : “The electric car, it is like the bio, it is more expensive “


The chairman of the management board of the automotive group PSA, Carlos Tavares, considered “normal and desirable” that the emission standards of the vehicles are ” hardened “, but he warns that ” it is a mutation heavy consequences “.

” The government took the scientific decision-making of ask the builders to go to the electric. This statement is very clear, it is visible in the objectives of C02 that we are imposed by the european Union, ” said Mr. Tavares Saturday on France Inter. For the boss of PSA, “it is quite normal and desirable that the standards be tightened, because” it is necessary to move towards mobility, totally clean “.

But he stressed that ” what makes this debate today, it is the speed at which it is necessary to transform the entire automotive industry in Europe (…) to achieve objectives particularly severe on the horizon 2030 “.

” The mutation that we proposed is a mutation severe consequences “, according to Mr Tavares. It has in particular pointed to the cost of the ” mobility.” “C”is like the organic food, it is more expensive,” he said. “As citizens, we agree to pay the specific mobility more expensive, we put the european car industry in trouble “, he estimated. The european Parliament must vote on 3 October on the standards of CO2 for 2030, recalled the leader of the PSA.

when a battery in europe ?

another topic is that of the batteries, which represent 40 % of the cost of an electric car and which “are today a monopoly asian Korean, Chinese and Japanese,” he said.

” We are in the PSA group, an ardent supporter of (the) approach to create a european champion of the battery to balance the situation asian dominant “, he said, adding that ” it is ten years ago he would have had to launch it “.

The issue of batteries is also asked by the president of the automobile Platform (PFA), Luc Chatel, which points out ” the risk of a move a very significant part of the value chain to Asia “.

“Can we retain the know-how in Europe or embarked in a collective suicide of the european car industry ?” he asks, in an interview in Saturday’s le Figaro. It is “the major challenge of the R&D efforts that the Europeans must be willing to work on a new generation of batteries,” adds Luc Chatel.


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