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Electrical vehicles will kill off SUVs, says Citroen CEO -EAST AUTO NEWS

Electrical vehicles will kill off SUVs, says Citroen CEO


The demise of the SUV is inevitable, insists Citroen chief government officer Vincent Cobée. “The world of SUVs is completed,” he claims, though he admits that proper now the “numbers will not be telling me I’m proper.”

Certain sufficient, such automobiles have accounted for 50 per cent of all new automotive registrations in Europe for the previous few years, however talking to Auto Categorical, Cobée factors to the emergence of saloon vehicles “known as SUVs simply because they’re a bit increased” as proof for his view. The launch of 1 such automotive – the Citroen C4 X – is the venue for our chat with Cobée, who joined the corporate in the beginning of 2020. 

One main motive for the trade pivoting away from SUVs to vehicles just like the C4 X is aerodynamics, he says. “On a battery EV, in case your aerodnaymics are mistaken, the penalty by way of vary is very large. You possibly can lose 50 kilometres between good and unhealthy aero, and between an SUV and a sedan you’re speaking 60/70/80 kilometres very simply.”

The present resolution is to extend the battery measurement, one thing we already see in varied producers’ ranges – for example, a BMW iX has a a lot bigger pack than the smaller, slipperier i4. However this gained’t at all times be attainable, Cobée reckons. “Individuals will begin limiting weight and battery sizes, both by way of tax, by way of incenstives, by way of regulation, by way of naming and shaming,” he mentioned. France, it’s value noting, is ready to go down the route of taxing automobiles by weight. “The A-segment has been killed by regulation, [and] the D [SUV] phase will likely be killed by aerodynamicism and weight,” he concluded. 

Lastly, it’s a easy case of fixing perceptions, with SUVs seemingly regarded to be more and more problematic in years to come back because the local weather disaster deepens. “If you happen to stay in a giant metropolis, 5 years in the past when you drop off your youngsters with a giant SUV you’re a person. Now, when you do that, you’re a ‘terrorist’…”

The burden acquire merely isn’t acceptable, says Cobée. “Within the Seventies, a automotive was weighing 700kg. At the moment a mean automotive is weighing 1300kg. Tomorrow a mean automotive will weigh two tonnes. So we’re utilizing 3 times extra sources to ship the identical service, simply to be ‘inexperienced’.” 

He likens shopping for a automotive whose massive battery is simply sometimes utilised to taking an enormous backpack meant for a multi-day hike to the workplace. “Do you go to the workplace with that backpack? The reply isn’t any. So why would you go to the workplace with a automotive with one tonne of battery?” As an alternative there needs to be a higher emphasis of a greater charging expertise on the transfer, he says, one thing Citroen is desiring to make simpler by way of route-planning instruments and as an interim measure, short-term loans of combustion-powered vehicles for its EV prospects. It has began providing the latter service in France, with plans to develop to different markets. 

Citroen is usually shifting in a unique route to different producers with its EVs by tending to stay with smaller batteries of 50kWh capability, whereas the novel Oli idea of 2022 reveals the French firm’s dedication to staying gentle even because it transitions to a completely electrical future. Cobée doesn’t deny there’s a threat in shifting away from the sorts of vehicles prospects are wanting now, however suggests it could possibly be an even bigger downside by failing to alter techniques early. “If we persist with ‘SUV containers’ till 2030 and uncover there’s no buyer, it’s going to be a tough touchdown… you don’t need to be the final one to go away the dancefloor.”

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