Will Chevrolet lag behind Fiat and VW in the electrification plan?

Will Chevrolet lag behind Fiat and VW in the electrification plan?


The electrification of cars sold in Brazil is a path of no return. Even if it happens suddenly without effective government plans it will happen. For a simple reason: the reform of the law on pollution production will make it necessary.

For example, the eighth phase of Proconve (Program for Control of Air Pollution by Motor Vehicles), called L8, will basically require manufacturers to sell 100% electric models, even if they are imported, making some citizens own high-volume hybrids. more, even than a small amount. hybrids.

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Between 2025 and 2029, the emission limit from the car is expected to decrease from the current 80 mg/km to 30 mg/km. Light commercial vehicles will reduce further: from 140 mg/km this year to 50 mg/km in 2029 and the same as 30 mg/km from 2031.

forced to supply electricity

Those barrier numbers will cause near-forced electricity. In this case, we have manufacturers like Toyota, who have already anticipated the process and promised that all products will be sold here with at least one hybrid version by 2025.

Caoa Chery is starting now, but promises to electrify various domestic or imported models, including at least one hybrid version, by the end of next year.

Fiat and Volkswagen giants announced the development of national hybrid technology. Both should bet on light hybrid engines, with a small 48-volt battery instead of an alternator, which will be used to feed the electrical equipment and “cut” the engine in strategic conditions of use.

VW eTSI

The 8th generation Golf is a mule for VW’s hybrid system (Image: Production | Instagram @hxturbo)

In the case of VW, as I explained in this Mobiauto article in April, the system will be called eTSI and will feature a 1.5-liter four-cylinder 16V engine with direct injection and a Miller cycle, from the EA211 line. It will deliver the same 150 hp and 25.5 kgfm of torque as the current 1.4 TSI engine, from the same family, but with more than 20 km / l.

The president of the brand in South America, Pablo Di Si, confirmed that six models will be made into hybrids in Brazil by 2026. The Taos, T-Cross, Nivus, Polo and Virtus are the favorites, along with the Tarok model, which still has. good opportunities to start work and production in São José dos Pinhais (PR).

Stellantis, on the other hand, promises to launch seven hybrid vehicles by 2025, not all of them convertible – the Jeep Compass 4xe and Grand Cherokee 4xe SUVs, for example, are plug-in, plug-in and run on gasoline only.

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What about GM electric cars?

All of this leads us to the question: what about General Motors? Of the three largest and most historic manufacturers listed here (since Ford lost that status), it is the only one that has yet to present any electrification plan that includes product or engine phasing.

It will launch, in 2023, the third generation of the Chevrolet Montana, which will be an intermediate image, with a size between the Fiat Toro and the Renault Oroch, but without any sign of having a hybrid variant. In 2024, a new generation of the S10 medium truck and the seven-seater Trailblazer will come, also without any predictions in this regard.

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A suite of electronic driving aids will classify the new generation Bolt as a self-driving car.
Chevrolet Bolt to be brought to Brazil (Photo: Chevrolet | Disclosure)

Nor is there any information about the company conducting public studies or research on the matter. It is true that it will launch 100% electric products, such as the new Bolt family and even a low-cost SUV designed in collaboration with Honda, but all of them will be imported. Here, we are talking about the power supply of a national range of products.

Such a position even seems foreign to the global strategy of General Motors, which has been strengthening its electrification program in other markets.

Therefore, I turn my attention to the first paragraphs of this text to say that, according to the upcoming Proconve L8 rules, GM will have to shift the fleet in the direction of flexible hybrid models sometime at the end of this decade. , as well as your opponents.

The strategy?

When will that happen? Hard to predict. It is worth noting that Chevrolet was one of the last car brands in Brazil to join the Inmetro Car Branding Program, back in 2016, eight years after its creation. When he did, he surprised everyone with changes that made the veteran SPE/4 8V engines almost 20% more efficient and economical.

Apparently, it will do the same thing with regard to adaptive hybrids: it will save its cards for the last moment, perhaps waiting for changes and postponement of new requirements. But it will have to do so at some point, not because the international movement will demand it.

Even because, whether it’s last minute or not, through shortcuts or not, the electrified route seems to be the only one left to follow.

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