Today the car market is divided into two large groups: those who were born with the combustion engine, continuing to use it; who arrived immediately riding the electric. In the second, there are brands such as Tesla, Polestar, NIO, Xpeng, Lucid, Rivian, Rimac. For others, especially in Europe, this decade will be the last with internal combustion engines; little by little the big houses will abandon all current fuels to marry the so-called ‘full electric’. Unless sensational surprises (especially from Toyota, which studies hydrogen to power former petrol engines), a calendar, year after year, with the various official steps towards the electric side of the market.
In Italy, from 2035, it will no longer be possible to buy cars with a combustion engine, or in any case an engine capable of emitting CO2 during use. A similar situation should arise in Europe. The transition to electric of the underlying brands must be understood above all in a European key: for example, Renault could sell non-electric cars in minor or emerging markets even after the date chosen for the Old Continent.
2024: Alpine, DS
2027: Alfa Romeo
2028: Chrysler, Opel
2030: Bentley, Cadillac, Cupra, Fiat, Ford Europe, Lotus, Mercedes, Mini, Peugeot, Renault, Rolls-Royce, Volvo
2040: Honda, Hyundai, Kia
At the last moment available (2035 or 2040, depending on the regulations) or without announcement: Aston Martin, BMW, Chevrolet, Citroen, Dacia, Dodge, Ferrari, Jeep, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Mazda, Maserati, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche , Skoda, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota.
Of the brands still undecided, a totally ‘electrified’ offer is foreseen by brands such as Citroen, Jeep, Land Rover, Maserati, Nissan. Others, such as Mazda and Toyota, will also continue to develop the internal combustion engine. Depending on how the market will be configured, however, there may be other official announcements, and therefore the list is destined to change. As Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares, who also leads a group that has foreseen many complete transitions, said, there is no certainty that electric will remain the only technology available after 2030 or 2040.