FCA Chief Not Convinced Current EVs Are The Solution

Shortly after stating that he fails to see an economically viable way to produce electric vehicles, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive Sergio Marchionne says current EVs aren’t as clean as many people think.

Speaking to CNBC earlier this week, Marchionne said it is extremely important to consider the power and fossil fuels often used to build EVs.

“I think that if you don’t do the full analysis of what the origin of the electrical power is, where it comes from, how you get batteries into these cars, what the cost is in terms of CO2 and the environment, I think the analysis that we are going to save the planet with electric cars is nonsense

“If the base of that electrical production is nuclear, then I have zero issue. We’ll all be doing the right thing but you are embracing nuclear power as the solution to your problems. If you are relying on fossil fuels to produce it, I think the issue is much bigger,” Marchionne said.

These statements aren’t uncommon for the outspoken executive who infamously encouraged people not to buy the Fiat 500e because he was losing so much money on it.

Ever since electric vehicles began to hit the mainstream, there have been concerns raised about the energy required to produce them and the precious metals used in the construction of batteries.

In July, Bloomberg found that the average EV built in the U.S. has about half the greenhouse gas impact of a conventional car over its life. In China, however, there is a 50 per cent increase in greenhouse gas emissions and total energy consumption over a petrol or diesel vehicle, all because of the dirty energy sources used to build electric vehicles in the country.

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  • roy

    We get it… The grapes are sour

    • G82FS

      Seriously, how many stories do we need about this clueless guy and his unimportant opinion?

      • roy

        a few more of such shit is on our way my friend

      • Knotmyrealname

        Totally, didn’t we get the same poo earlier in the week?

      • europeon

        As I said on the previous article, as much as I hate Marchionne, he is right about this.

    • Bo Hanan

      Strong opinion from Sergio when his weakass FCA has no offerings.

  • Six_Tymes

    “If the base of that electrical production is nuclear, then I have zero issue. We’ll all be doing the right thing but you are embracing nuclear power as the solution to your problems. If you are relying on fossil fuels to produce it, I think the issue is much bigger,”

  • Status

    There’s not one single word that he’s ever said that didn’t come with a nugget of shit.

  • Erzhik

    Sergio still doesn’t know wtf he is talking about.

  • Cupboi

    This again? Come on, Carscoops, i know the days are slow but i think this is enough…

  • Italian Crackhead

    WTF, he’s at it again?!

  • John F. Murphy

    One of the news shows 20/20, dateline, etc., aired a show that stated the amount of greenhouse gases produced by all of the automobiles IN THE WORLD produce in a YEAR, is equal to the amount that ALL THE AIRPLANES IN THE WORLD produce IN 1 DAY!!! So what if at all could EV HELP?!? Plus all the actors and politicians that get driven around in SUV, fly in private planes, go sailing on yacht, and let’s not for get live in house WAY BIGGER than what they need, they all need to SIT DOWN AND SHUT THE HELL UP!! Also Al Gore is one of the BIGGEST OFFENDERS!!! That is the INCONVENIENT TRUTH about Al Gore!!!

    • SO WE SHOULDN’T BOTHER TRYING TO MAKE CARS CLEANER?

      • John F. Murphy

        why not start with the planes, and leave cars alone.

        • Silimarina

          Because the majority of a cars life is in the cities.And that results in air pollution in the cities.The majority of world’s population is in and around cities.Air pollution/smog causes thousands of deaths each year. 200k early deaths in US alone.
          http://news.mit.edu/2013/study-air-pollution-causes-200000-early-deaths-each-year-in-the-us-0829

          • John F. Murphy

            I guess all the planes flying to all of those cities and circling again and again don’t contribute to that air quality at all. Don’t forget about all the Diesel trucks that make the delivers and the refrigerated one that stay running all day.

  • LWOAP

    I’m starting to think he might be suffering from some butthurt because FCA’s attempt at an EV failed while all the others seem to be doing better.

  • Cupboi

    This again? I know it’s a slow day, Carscoops, but this is enough. BTW, it takes three hours for a comment to be displayed here. The moderation could be a little more agile.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    And the smart money moves into EVs…

  • Andrew Ngo

    That’s because they are so way behind in the game.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    “If you are relying on fossil fuels to produce it, I think the issue is much bigger,”

    Says one of the only CEO’s whose company has NO EV in the pipeline….

  • CarbonPhiber

    If you can’t beat ’em, attack ’em. Way to go, Sergio. What a visionary.

  • Michelin

    Funny to see how this new sounds different on italian newspapers …
    this report is it a little bit tendencius ?

  • Benjamin B.

    I sort of agree with him. EVs require to be charged and connected to a power source. We need to get rid of coal energy.

  • EXCUSES.
    ELECTRICITY ISN’T GUILT FREE NOT EVEN NUCLEAR BUT IT’S EASIER TO REGULATE POWER PLANTS THAN INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE AND THEIR CARS AND THEREFOR CONTROL THE POLLUTION.

  • John F. Murphy

    So much for having a discussion.

    • Guest

      What’s there to discuss? You’re a moron trying to bait people with non-facts about global warming. We could see your dog shit coming a mile away.

      • Cupboi

        You seem reasonable.

      • Six Thousand Times

        And we can actually see the dog.

      • John F. Murphy

        These are the facts. You just can’t talk like an adult because it’s A DIFFERENT factual VIEW.

      • John F. Murphy

        A Quest can name call because that’s what they do, spread fear because they’re afraid that they are WRONG!

  • Charles Lane

    Board needs to remove this guy asap. FCA, while already struggling will only slip off the edge into oblivion as, on this current path, are destined to become a footnote in automotive history.

  • fabri99

    I’m 100% positive that his has nothing to do with FCA losing $10,000 for every 500e they sell.