To everyone’s surprise, the number two European automobile company announced its departure from ACEA, which is opposed to the ban on new cars with thermal engines by 2035.
The automobile group Stellantis, number two in Europe born from the merger of Peugeot-Citroën and Fiat-Chrysler, announced on Monday June 13 to everyone’s surprise its intention to leave the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA), opposed to the Union European Union which wants to do away with combustion engines by 2035.
Stellantis revealed this incidentally, in a press release announcing the creation of a “freedom of movement forum“, presented as an annual meeting, with an expert advisory board including “mobility and technology providers, academics, politicians, and scientists“.
An effective decision “by the end of the year”
ACEA, a very active lobbying organization in Brussels, includes the 16 major manufacturers based in Europe, from Volkswagen to Renault, Volvo and Toyota. The association was firmly opposed to the European Commission’s plan, approved last week by Parliament, to ban the sale of new combustion engine cars from 2035, deeming it not “rational“. In particular, she wanted to let hybrid cars live, which have a heat engine and an electric motor. The new forum created by Stellantis will be “based on facts“, a formulation close to that used in the climate field where we speak of policies or strategies “based on science“.
“As part of this initiative, Stellantis announces that it will cease to be a member of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) by the end of this year.“Writes the group, without explaining the reasons for this departure. He just said he wanted to make a transition from lobbying to “more direct interaction with citizens and stakeholders“. Its boss, Carlos Tavares, says he wants to develop “an effective, global and inclusive 360-degree approach involving all those who wish to contribute to the construction of sustainable mobility“. Stellantis has been anticipating the electric shift for months, and has already announced, like several of its European competitors, that it will sell 100% electric vehicles in Europe by 2030.