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Published on April 23rd, 2013 | by Andrew Meggison

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Fiat-Chrysler CEO: Remain Technology Neutral

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Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has asked world governments to remain “technology neutral” during a speech at the Society of Automotive Engineers 2013 World Congress. Marchionne also noted that natural gas is “the cleanest alternative available” today. That’s not very neutral, is it?

Marchionne remarks were spurred on by Marchionne’s concerns that regulators, on a global scale, are pushing car manufactures towards electric vehicles. This is not allowing or encouraging other forms of alternative fueled vehicle exploration, even though other options, like CNG, may be better in the short term. In Europe, Fiat is a leading producer of CNG vehicles, though in the U.S. Chrysler is currently pushing diesel engines in a variety of vehicles.

During the event Marchionne stated that even with government subsidies, Fiat-Chrysler is currently losing $10,000 on every Fiat 500e that the company sells in the United States. That has got to sting.

If you are a frequent visitor to the site than you know the road has been very hard for EV manufactures. One has to look no further to the recent Fisker news as an example. In order for a business that is peddling a new product to thrive in such an uncertain global economy the business needs to be diverse and allowed room to grow depending on what the consumer wants.

That is what Marchionne is asking for – room to grow, without being forced to produce a certain expensive technology. EVs are not bad by any means, but the technology might not be the ultimate winner for the next mainstream automobile.

Source: detroitnews.com

Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison 

 




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Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor's Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master's Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison



  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Watkins/629637578 Daniel Watkins

    Higher gas prices = more people will buy efficient vehicles. A lot of Americans just look at money and total Cost of Ownership when buying a car and at these gas prices, gas might not be a big factor.

    Making fleets have high MPG requirements, it’s shifts the burden of having cleaner cars on the road to the automaker rather than the government. Gas taxes would let it happen on it’s own rather than forcing the automakers to make awesome advanced cars.

    I can’t make an opinion of which is better without being flamed but it’s something to think about

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrichrose Andrew Richard Rose

    I wonder wether Mr Marchionne’s position on EV’s has anything to do with the fact that Fiats largest stockholder is ENI , Italy and indeed Europe’s largest supplier of Oil and Gas ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Miller/100000952005408 Bruce Miller

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    Deeply embarrassing diesel fact: Was
    half the price for gasoline per gallon, now equal, soon even higher?
    Will CNG go by Btu? not by gallon or by Cu. Ft, at fixed pressures
    fixed temperatures? Not by Btu? Related to diesel, gasoline? With
    similar, or higher or lower taxes, road taxes? Is ‘somebody’
    actually screwing the American consumer over here? Rigging the game?
    Truth is to be fair to 99% efficient electrics, fuel measured by
    caloric output, or Btu, might be fairest – and similarly taxes, road
    taxes affixed that way? But electricity flows nearly free on the
    public grid? need no heavy transport and electric hub drive approach
    has near perfect efficiencies? Machionne still with the 20th Century
    piston engine stats and blinkered from the new electric realities?
    22% efficient low compression gasohol engines? Against the White
    Zombie electric dragster technologies, (Google this one!) and much
    better, soon enough, from a government mandated Chinese ruling to
    clean op the atmosphere or else? To go electric for private vehicles
    and light COE pick up trucks? To seek aluminium, carbon fibre, hemp
    fibre even bamboo fibre, ultra light constriction, and all electric
    drives to reduce costs, improve transportation and save on oil
    imports? America forced to follow suit? Saudis pumping sea water now
    to float oil? China has American cash to bid for world oil today, can
    burn all it can get? Americans force to match or go home empty?

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