ROME – First Covid, then the conflict in Ukraine have plunged the automotive industry into a deep crisis that is jeopardizing the European Commission’s goal of reaching 30 million zero-emission vehicles in circulation by 2030, outlined well before the current war and all the long-term consequences of the pandemic.
This is the opinion of Giorgio Barbieri, senior partner and North & South Europe Automotive leader of the consultancy firm Deloitte, according to whom today the transition towards ‘green’ mobility is seriously hampered by the new geopolitical scenario that emerged from the war, which ” is already having important consequences on global finance and on all costs of the Industry ”. In particular, Barbieri underlines the strong dependence of the European industry on Russian and Ukrainian supplies of aluminum, palladium and neon, essential elements for the production of microchips and semiconductors. But ” from the point of view of the European institutions, the long-term strategy is centered on the electric car as the key to hitting the target of 30 million zero-emission vehicles by 2030. So, ” for regulators – notes Barbieri – it is no longer a question of ‘when’, but of ‘how’ to achieve these objectives’. And in this regard, according to Deloitte’s senior partner, ” it will be important that institutions maintain an approach aimed at promoting all ‘green’ technologies. By focusing the legislative framework on environmental performance objectives rather than on a specific technology ”.
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In addition, Barbieri adds, “Europe will have to guarantee access to essential raw materials, support investments and the production of cell-battery cells from European suppliers, strengthen research and innovation programs, ensure the availability of skills, know-how and professionalism along the entire value chain, promoting sustainable production of cell-batteries, facilitating synergies and consistency with the more general legislative framework “. Barbieri’s analysis then focuses on the Italian industry which, in order to assume” a distinctive position within the electricity supply chain “, as well as” in the acquisition and training of talents and specialist profiles “, will have to support and focus on the capacity of the SME fabric, in the reconversion of business models and, above all, invest in Research and Development.
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” Only with a growth in technological innovation, in fact, can Italian plants gain competitiveness and maintain a role in the global scenario ”. Another strategic aspect, concludes the Deloitte manager, ” will concern the ability to collaborate between private actors and public institutions in outlining a ‘national car policy’ ”. Oriented to reconcile different perspectives ” to exploit synergies, leverage advanced engineering knowledge, create districts and centers of excellence, apply ‘open innovation’ logics to also enhance the made in Italy in the sector ”.