The crisis caused by the shortage of microchips and semiconductors will at least last until next year. Word of Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, who is convinced that car manufacturers around the world will suffer the impact of the lack of components for a long time to come, with the consequences that will materialize in new sales and production cuts. The words of the former number one of the PSA group those of Daimler follow, who reiterated the same thought earlier in the week.
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“The crisis caused by the shortage of microchips and semiconductors, from all I can see, will easily carry over into 2022 because I don’t see enough signs of recovery“Tavares specified. The CEO of Stellantis is convinced that the necessary supplies that are expected from the Asian supply chains will be slow in arriving, so the after-effects of the crisis will be felt again next year. Coming to terms with the lack of microchips is not child’s play at all: it takes about 18 months to redesign a vehicle using a different chip than originally intended, due to the sophistication of the technology involved. Either way, Stellantis will continue to prioritize its most profitable models using the chips it is receiving, in exactly the same way as many rival carmakers who have to contend with the problem.
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Not only the shortage of microchips and semiconductors: among the topics covered by Tavares in his interview with Autonews there is that too of electrification. In this sense, the number one of Stellantis said that the group could increase the planned spending for the decarbonization process of the range beyond the 30 billion euros announced by 2025. Not only that: the battery manufacturing plants that will be made could be more than the five announced by Stellantis, or alternatively their production capacity could be higher.