As the world transitions to a greener future, major automotive companies are taking big steps in reducing their carbon footprint. The latest development comes from Stellantis, the parent company of major brands like Dodge, Ram, and Jeep. Stellantis has announced that it will stop stocking gasoline vehicles in 14 states, as these states follow California’s strict emissions guidelines. In this blog post, we’ll dive deeper into this new development and explore what this means for the future of the automotive industry.
Stellantis, formerly known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has put a hold on gasoline vehicle stocks in 14 states that follow California’s strict emissions standards. Dealerships in these states can only order gasoline vehicles if there is a customer order, making it harder for dealerships to stock up on these vehicles and increasing the emphasis on electric and hybrid vehicles. This bold move comes as the Biden administration has set its sights on achieving 50% electric vehicle sales by 2030, and Stellantis seems to be taking steps to make it happen.
While this change is a huge step towards a greener future, it does come with some challenges. Many dealerships can’t operate without conventional vehicles as it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months for a customer order to come through. On top of that, electric vehicles have yet to be fully adopted by the masses and widespread charging infrastructure is still in its infancy. However, with more manufacturers following in Stellantis’s footsteps, the landscape of the industry is sure to change.
Dealerships in states that do not follow California’s emissions guidelines are no longer given plug-in vehicles without customer orders from this point forward. This means smaller inventory and longer wait times, but it allows for a more personalized buying experience for customers. It’s important to note that dealerships aren’t required to stock electric or hybrid vehicles, but Stellantis’s recent move is a clear indicator that the brand acknowledges the importance of increasing electric vehicle sales.
Looking beyond Stellantis, the automotive industry is shifting towards a more sustainable future. In addition to the Biden administration’s push for electric vehicles, governments around the world are incentivizing manufacturers to produce electric vehicles, making them more accessible to the masses. Battery technology is also advancing to provide longer ranges, faster charging times and lower costs. With each passing day, the internal combustion engine is becoming increasingly outdated, making electric vehicles the way of the future.
It’s no secret that the automotive industry is shifting towards a greener, more sustainable future, and Stellantis’s recent move to stop stocking gasoline vehicles in 14 states is a step in the right direction. While it does come with its own set of challenges, we can all agree that a future powered by electric vehicles is a future worth striving for. With more and more manufacturers stepping up and taking action, it’s just a matter of time before the internal combustion engine becomes a thing of the past. Let’s work together to create a cleaner and more sustainable future for generations to come.