Stellantis is worried about not losing Fiat’s leading position in the domestic market, but not particularly about competition, since its biggest rival is the shortage of semiconductors and parts.
In Betim, Stellantis’ nerve center in the region, the latest 10-day halt in production came with another warning for the automaker to move as quickly as possible in finding suppliers.
In this case, it is not just chips, but technologies that the group now has to import and are at the mercy of shortfalls in delivery times, affecting production and sales in the country.
Antônio Filosa, CEO of Stellantis in the region, indicated that the method is the localization and nationalization of various components, especially those related to electricity supply, a method that is not profitable for Fiat and other brands present here.
Filosa said: “Many car manufacturers import into the country, we get them. This is our commitment to our business and people”.
With a high level of technological features, hybrid cars are currently more dependent on the international chain and this is where Stellantis wants to change things.
In addition to betting on hybrids, the company is focusing on ethanol, which has been the country’s most widely used fuel for more than 40 years.
Filosa explained: “A car that uses ethanol produces almost the same amount of carbon dioxide as an electric car. And it’s very cheap.”
Usually, when talking about hybrids, as in the proposal to collect them in Betim, the image of something like a Corolla comes to mind, but the expected step is even a small hybrid or MHEV.
Stellantis has two different systems, one from Fiat with 12V and the other from Peugeot with 48V. In one example, the top station wagon Fiat Tipo Cross has a second device.
Much simpler than a complex PHEV system like the Jeep Compass, the MHEV is easy to install and requires fewer components, using a smaller lithium battery.
Therefore, if we expect hybrid cars with a variable engine – a logical choice in relation to ethanol only – from Stellantis, they should start with this technology.
In the country, producers of this technology have existed for decades, but with other systems, facilitating the nationalization or zoning of these elements.
[Fonte: Diário do Comércio]