Technology NewsElectric cars could end the dominance of SUVs

Electric cars could end the dominance of SUVs

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The fashion trend is undermining the benefits of electric drive.

SUVs, also known as city SUVs or fashion SUVs, have been extremely popular for quite some time, so much so that they supplanted the still attractive MPVs from the range at the beginning of the 2000s, but there are brands that are already retiring their sedans, as SUVs The seemingly insatiable demand for these also brings a nice profit to their kitchen.

Today, it would be difficult to find a car brand that does not have at least one SUV, crossover or compact crossover SUV in its range, and for a long time it seemed that this trend would not disappear for the time being.

SUVs have gained popularity beyond all expectations in the last 10-15 years (Photo: Unsplash/Craig Marolf)
SUVs have gained popularity beyond all expectations in the last 10-15 years (Photo: Unsplash/Craig Marolf)

Now, however, in an interview, Citroën’s first man stated no less than that he is tired of urban off-road vehicles – writes the Green Car Reports. Vincent Cobée, a Citroën its CEO is British For Auto Express in a statement, he said that electric cars could reverse the trend.

Tired of the world of SUVs

– Cobée succinctly summarized the prediction, which at first seemed smiling.

Regardless, there is truth in his words, as the most common demand for electric cars at the moment is to increase the range. It was recently introduced first electric car with a range of 1,000 kilometershowever, reducing prices is also an important expectation from consumers.

SUVs already represent the more expensive category, and since electric technology is still significantly more expensive than conventional drivetrains, it is no coincidence that car manufacturers have launched many expensive electric or plug-in hybrid SUVs on the market, which are often stuffed with all kinds of comfort extras. which further raises the already premium category prices.

Electric cars do not favor SUVs (Photo: Unsplash/Jan Kopřiva)
Electric cars do not favor SUVs (Photo: Unsplash/Jan Kopřiva)

Cobée, on the other hand, pointed out that the biggest problem of SUVs is the less streamlined structure – and we already know that the the greatest enemy of electric car range yes, the air resistance. The loss due to greater air resistance can be compensated with larger batteries, but this turns into a vicious circle: a larger battery means extra weight and extra cost, so this is not a sustainable solution.

Meanwhile, SUVs are viewed less and less favorably by a part of society. The fuel consumption of the petrol and hybrid versions is also not very good, they take up a lot of space, and recently it was also revealed that the SUVs are also extremely dangerous looking at the others approaching. According to Vincent Cobée, these factors – especially uneconomic operation – will undermine the popularity of similar vehicles.

The Citroën leader did not go so far as to determine in time when the Pentecostal reign of SUVs could end, especially since Jeep, which is part of the Stellantis concern together with the French brand, was won by the recently announced Avenger model intended exclusively for the European market. the title of car of the year 2023. It is also true that the Jeep Avenger is a number smaller than conventional SUVs. These models could represent the transition between the era of the SUV and the age predicted by Cobée.

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