Automakers worldwide are embracing electrification | Inquirer Business

Automakers worldwide are embracing electrification

/ 06:35 PM December 03, 2020
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Maserati’s new hybrid Ghibli. Image: Maserati via AFP Relaxnews.

Maserati’s CEO has just announced that its brand’s entire production will be electrified (hybrid or full-electric) by 2025. The Italian automaker joins a slew of other car companies who have announced that they will be ending their gasoline vehicle production sooner or later, keeping in mind that the end of production of internal combustion engine vehicles is not expected before 2040 at the earliest.

In terms of greener modes of transportation, the pioneering automaker is Swedish: Volvo transitioned to full-electric or plug-in hybrid this 2020. Meanwhile another company, France’s DS, announced that by the year 2025, its entire fleet of new vehicles will offer an electrified version (hybrid or 100% electric). Jaguar Land Rover’s goal is to sell by 2025 around 300,000 electric vehicles a year before turning to 100% electric production. Fellow British brand Bentley will take more time and offer electric-only cars by 2030. Same for Porsche.


By 2022, more than half of the entire lineup of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles should be hybrid or electric. BMW announced that gasoline cars will represent only half of its offer in 2021. The German automaker plans on offering at least 25 electrified models (comprising 13 full-electric) in its ranges by 2023.

In France, Renault has long been a full-electric vehicle pioneer, while Citroën plans on offering an electrified version of every new model it launches, be it plug-in hybrid for bigger vehicles or 100% electric for city cars. Peugeot has chosen a more distant deadline: 2030.


It is worth mentioning that in Asia, certain automakers are focusing more on hydrogen energy. Brands like Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and Kia are developing fuel cell models. Hydrogen fuel cell cars can be driven long distances with zero carbon emissions, the cars turning hydrogen and oxygen into electricity and water. CC


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