Alfa will likely sell nothing but EVs from 2027 onwards
Ah, what a time to be alive
Alfa is a brand that we all know and love but they, just like Lancia, have been detached from the reality of the market for too long. Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, knows this and even though he openly said he doesn't think going electric is the solution, he gave Chrysler and Alfa a ten-year deadline to turn things around, and the only way to do it, in the current market, is to use hybrids and EVs.
I knew this day would come
Alfa's CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato got the message and announced Alfa will be one of the first brands under the Stellantis umbrella to be fully electrified, with a new PHEV in 2022 and an all-electric range of cars in China, Europe and the US by 2027. Paradoxically, Alfa is one of the few brands that can actually do this because it has nothing more to lose, the line-up needs to be rebuilt from scratch.
Stellantis has developed four platforms that can accommodate a variety of different powertrains for radically different cars - STLA Small, STLA Medium, STLA Large and STLA Frame (for pick-up trucks). Alfa will soon retire the Giorgio platform, on which both the Stelvio and the Giulia are based, and they're soon(er or later) going to start producing the long-awaited Tonale and Grecale.
The Tonale will be powered by a hybrid unit, while the Grecale should use a 'standard' 3.0-litre V6 and in the meantime, there's mounting pressure to find out what's gonna happen with the next-gen Levante and the replacement for the GranTurismo.
People tend to confuse describing the likelihood of something with supporting the fact that it exists. In other words, to claim that it is commercially suicidal for car brands like Alfa to shun electric and hybrid vehicles doesn't actually imply you're supporting electric/hybrid vehicles.
I don't hate EVs but I'm not sure batteries are a good long-term solution. No one actually is. But we don't really have a choice, do we?