EVs Will Make SUVs Extinct In accordance To Citroen Boss

Although the overwhelming majority of the automobile shopping for public lately appears to be leaning in the direction of SUVs, pushing such automobiles recognition ever increased, some prime business execs say this gained’t proceed as automobiles turn into electrical. In reality, Citroen CEO Vincent Cobée belives the SUV’s demise has already begun, although that is contradicted by chilly, laborious gross sales numbers.

Cobée spoke to AutoExpress and mentioned that although crossovers and SUVs have accounted for nearly 50 % of all new automobile gross sales in Europe lately, he nonetheless believes this isn’t sustainable and gained’t final. He says SUVs largest Achilles’ heel is their aerodynamics, which suggests they require extra vitality than a sedan.

This, in fact, has a damaging affect on vary numbers, that are massively essential in electrical automobile patrons’ eyes. He factors to the brand new e-C4, which replaces a conventional hatchback but is a barely tall coupe-like fastback mannequin – it rides taller than a conventional automobile, however nowhere close to as tall as some crossovers and SUVs, and he says it’s all the higher for it.

And there are extra automobiles that aren’t fairly crossovers (particularly amongst EVs), just like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 or the Jaguar I-Tempo, but are known as crossovers with the intention to make them interesting to these on the lookout for that particular kind of auto. This strategy has the advantage of additionally attracting patrons who’re making an attempt to keep away from shopping for a taller automobile.

Cobée mentioned that “the world of SUVs is finished” although “numbers will not be telling me I’m proper.” He goes on to clarify that within the not too distant future it’s going to come right down to battery capability – SUVs want extra of it to match their sedan counterparts’ vary, and if taxes might be imposed on EVs based mostly on their battery measurement, then he believes that may expedite the SUV’s demise.

He added that “individuals will begin limiting weight and battery sizes, both by means of tax, by means of incentives, by means of regulation, by means of naming and shaming.”

Nevertheless, there may be definitely danger in transferring away from SUVs in the present day when the market nonetheless calls for them and the CEO’s views could not find yourself finally mirrored in firm coverage. Citroen additionally appears to not be concerned with making massive EVs with large batteries – all Citroen-badged EVs in the present day draw from a 50 kWh battery pack and we all know of no plans for something that would wish a bigger battery than that.

In reality, Citroen’s newest idea offers a glimpse on the producer’s near-future philosophy for creating its EVs. The Oli examine (pictured above) has a number of off-roader design cues, but it surely’s truly envisioned as a small metropolis runabout with a concentrate on preserving its weight down – consider it like an Ami on steroids and a glimpse of the type of automobiles it would put into manufacturing in coming years.