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Stellantis, Renault Cut Costs To Make EVs More Affordable

Under pressure from Chinese competitors, Stellantis and Renault are pushing hard to cut electric vehicle (EV) costs so they can have similar price tags and profit margins as fossil-fuel models, industry executives said, Nick Carey and Gilles Guillaume reported for Reuters.


Along with concerns over a lack of available charging infrastructure, the high cost of EVs has become a significant barrier to broader mass adoption for zero-emission cars. I Photo: Stellantis Facebook



Europe's automakers are trying to develop more affordable EVs, which are more expensive than combustion-engine equivalents, as electric car sales growth has slowed.


Along with concerns over a lack of available charging infrastructure, the high cost of EVs has become a significant barrier to broader mass adoption for zero-emission cars.


"If I were a short-termist, I could immediately increase my sales of electric vehicles simply by letting the margins slide," Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares told reporters after the company posted full-year results and warned of a turbulent year ahead.


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The arrival of lower-cost Chinese EVs has added new impetus to European automakers' ongoing efforts to develop more affordable models.


"Of course, everybody is trying to reduce the cost of EVs," to reach price parity with combustion-engine models, Renault CEO Luca de Meo told analysts when asked about prices and profitability.




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