The difficult transition of the luxury car sector to electric cars

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At a time when European legislation is becoming increasingly stringent, luxury car manufacturers are struggling to get their models electrified. Because the sector prefers internal combustion engines to electric motors – which are a major cost – only a few luxury car brands seem to have gone along with it.

 

In December 2019, Ferrari announced that it would not launch an electric car model before 2025, as did Bentley. At that time, the European Commission plans to introduce the Euro 7 standard, whose ambition will be to “ban cars with internal combustion engines” in the words of the president of the German Automobile Industry Union, Hildegarde Müller. The United Kingdom also recently announced the end of gasoline engine certification from 2030.

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These new standards do not prevent Rolls-Royce from postponing its transition to all-electricity, envisaging only a development “within a decade”. At Bugatti, the only electric vehicle available in the catalog is a reproduction of the 1927 Baby. Indeed, the Volkswagen group brand is not about to abandon its internal combustion engine.

 

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