Opel boss via e-cars: “There is no way back”

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Opel wants to be a pure electric car from 2028 a pure electric car. In an interview with Electrified explained Opel boss Uwe Hochzurtz, how the Stellantis brand wants to change the conversion to E-cars. And which other construction sites still exist until mobility is really sustainable.

There is no way back,” says Hochzurtz about the transition to pure e-mobility. “Europe and Germany have decided that we go to a CO2-neutral time. For this you need CO2-free vehicles “, according to the Opel boss. Currently, e-cars and part-time current – ie plug-in hybrid – about ten percent from total sales. With “trend clearly increasing!”Such the manager.

Helpful in the transformation to the E-Auto brand, belonging to the Stellantis Group with its 14 brands, the world’s fourth largest automaker. Therefore, Opel Enjoy a variety of advantages. These advantages are not only in cheaper parts purchasing, but also in access to technologies that we would not have as an independent brand, “explains Hochschurtz. Conversely, the German manufacturer brings his “expertise and the traditional brand Opel in the Group”. Opel continues “for German engineering and affordable technologies for a broad purchaser” and is as “one of only two brands in the brand group, Upper mainstream ‘and therefore of great strategic importance for Stellantis”. Especially in the home market Germany, as the Opel boss notes.

On the way to the e-auto brand, Opel wants to offer at least one electrified version in all series from 2024 in all series. “And 2028 we will be a pure electric brand in Europe,” says Hochgeschurtz. The trend is “irreversible”, according to the Opel boss: “There will be cities in Europe, which may be for burners before 2030. How fast this development goes is not foreseeable today. But we are well prepared, “says the manager. Outside Europe, however, it is “not clear how fast the electrification is going on”. But Be: “If we take the Parisian Climate Agreement seriously and comply with the 1.5 degree target, there is no other way than the electrified car”.

“It makes no sense to delay the change”

That’s why it’s about it, “Which manufacturer is the fastest when switching to pure E cars,” to secure competitive advantages at an early stage. But high school is aware that the e-mobility “not only friends” has. “But it is with every major technology change so that there are resistance and challenges”.

He also think of jobs and tasks that will change: “Where employees deal with batteries today, they have been doing much with mechanical parts so far. We have to drive this change. It makes no sense to delay him, “says Hochgeschurtz.

So that a country like Germany can become climate-neutral, but even much more to be done, as only to electrify vehicles: “If we talk about CO2-free vehicles, the energy mix that is used for it must be CO2-free. In this area, it must be further invested heavily, “says Hochzurtz. “The electricity for e-mobility must also be green stream”. Even with the loading infrastructure, it applies to “significantly increase more pace”.

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3 thoughts on “Opel boss via e-cars: “There is no way back””

  1. Good that the topic of combustion bans in big cities is addressed here. That seems to be a rather abstract threaten scenario for many burner fans. Until it happens in the first city in your area, then panic will break out. Not in view are protective places, such as spa baths, mountain landscapes, coasts and islands. The more electric cars there will be, the less acceptable it will be allowed to drive through these regions with a burner. That will, after my forecast, in 2-3 years correctly unfolded, with a burner, where it is beautiful.

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  2. The message seems to arrive slowly even with all manufacturers. BMW is still alienating, but also those will still realize that (see special layers for I4 demand). I suspect that are two forces at the factory: In the premium area, the turn can be represented relatively easily for the customer. The purchase price difference between combustion and electro is relatively low. A BMW IX costs € 100k, a BMW X5 also very quickly with appropriate motorization. At the same time, however, you have much lower maintenance costs if you alone (to stay in the example) good and likes 12-15 liters super / super + one x5 against 20-25kwh an IX at 100KM calculates.

    In the lower price segment, a cost pressure arise due to stricter emission standards whose compliance is becoming more and more expensive and can not be displayed for small cars. That forces one then to the electrification. But in the end, the car is then so more expensive.

    But of course, you have to handle the energy transition, which is no longer in the responsibility of the automakers (except that they probably dragged their roofs with PV). In particular, politics is on the train and there I see black. The targeted 200GW PV to 2030, for example, are a beginning, but far from far. In addition, the question comes to the necessary 5 times annual expansion: who should install all this? The companies are already full with the current expansion to the top. Winter break is no longer available.

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