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Electric-vehicle transition hits reality check

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The automotive industry has been on a path towards a fully electric future for years, but not all ambitious plans have survived the collision with reality. Automakers had originally planned to invest some $1.2 trillion by 2030 to transition from niche electric vehicles to mass-market models. However, as the year comes to a close, even manufacturers like Tesla and Rivian are scaling back investments.

There are a number of factors that have contributed to the slowdown in the electric vehicle (EV) transition. One is the ongoing chip shortage, which has disrupted production of both gasoline-powered and electric vehicles. Another is the rising cost of raw materials, such as lithium and cobalt, which are essential for EV batteries. Additionally, the global economic slowdown is making consumers more cautious about spending money on new cars, regardless of their fuel type.

Tesla slows production ramp-up

Tesla, the world’s leading EV maker, has been a major driver of the electric vehicle revolution. However, the company has recently announced that it will slow the pace of production at its new Gigafactory in Austin, Texas. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the company is facing a number of challenges, including the chip shortage and supply chain disruptions.

Rivian, another major EV maker, has also been forced to scale back production plans. The company had originally planned to produce 25,000 vehicles in 2023, but it is now expected to produce only 15,000 vehicles. Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe said that the company is „facing some headwinds“ that are „beyond our control.“

Other automakers follow suit

Other automakers are also taking a more cautious approach to the EV transition. General Motors has said that it will delay the launch of some of its upcoming electric vehicles. Ford has also announced that it will scale back production of its electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck.

The slowdown in the EV transition is a setback for automakers that have been betting big on electric vehicles. However, it is important to note that the EV market is still in its early stages of development. As the technology improves and costs come down, the EV market is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years.

What does the future hold for electric vehicles?

Despite the recent slowdown, the long-term outlook for electric vehicles is still positive. Governments around the world are imposing stricter emissions regulations, which are driving demand for electric vehicles. Additionally, the cost of electric vehicles is coming down, making them more affordable for consumers.

According to a recent study by BloombergNEF, electric vehicles are expected to account for 58% of new car sales by 2030. This would represent a significant increase from the current level of about 10%.

The slowdown in the EV transition is a temporary setback, but it is not a sign that the electric vehicle revolution is over. The long-term trend towards electric vehicles is still strong, and the market is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years.

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