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Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault Group: "The transition to electric cars must be paid by rich countries"

Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault Group: “The transition to electric cars must be paid by rich countries”

Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault Group, during a meeting with journalists at the company’s plant in Cordoba, Argentina (Image source: Renault)

Luca de Mio He has 30 years of experience in the automotive sector. But 15 months ago – almost in unison with the pandemic – he was named CEO of Renault Group From where he said in an interview with reporters that he achieved “resurrectionTo the company fromA very difficult restructuring phase in the world“.

The 54-year-old Italian CEO made a very short visit to America latina Where he toured the factories owned by the French brand CuritibaAnd Brazil, and in CordobaAnd ArgentinaFrom where he dreams that the area – which he defined as “very fickle– It became an export tycoon ‘to other parts of the world’.

Latin America is not an easy equation. It’s a complex equation“, She said from Meo When asked about the future of Latin America and the political and economic fluctuations it presents on a daily basis. “The solution is found all over Effects from latin america“He explained. That is why he raised the need to”Watch to complete As an export platform to other regions of the world“.

born in Milan With experience in Toyota, Fiat and Seat, he started his days in it Renault In July 2020 with the dual challenge of the coronavirus pandemic and a company (and industry) in crisis. “It’s been intense months to save the company“, specific from Meo before sight Luis Fernando PedrochiHead of Latam District and Pablo SibyllaPresident and CEO of Renault Argentina.

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Now, as he explained, “The message has reached all factories“The company at the global level is”Without losses and with a generation CashHe said at a press conference in which he participated Infobae.

from Meo He also referred to the future of the sector and how each of its members should work in “accidentalWith other industries –software, for example – to continue its growth in order to adapt to the challenges posed not only by technologies, but also by the planet and concern for the environment.

Luiz Fernando Pedrocchi, Chairman of the LATAM Group, Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault Group, and Pablo Sibila, President and CEO of Renault Argentina (Photo: Renault)
Luiz Fernando Pedrocchi, Chairman of the LATAM Group, Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault Group, and Pablo Sibila, President and CEO of Renault Argentina (Photo: Renault)

Consult regarding doubts that America latina It can absorb in the medium term the challenges posed by electric mobility – due to the infrastructure and the lack of economic strength of the population -, from miu He expressed optimism and pointed out that the stronger and wealthier countries will pay the initial cost of switching from combustion engines to electric motors.

The transition to electric (cars), or any new technology, has to be paid for by the richThe CEO said the delay in the massive arrival of electricity-generating vehicles in the Latin American region could be “10 to 15 years”. “Like many things, they started in developed countries where there is a lot of purchasing power. It’s a topic timing… It could be 10 years, 15 years late“, pointed out.

Explains this transition from miuIt will also happen among the “rich” countries themselves. This is how he explains it:In Europe, it is easiest to make the electric transmission in Norway, then to France, then to Germany, then Italy … then to southern Italy. Because it is, it is only a matter of time. It will generate opportunities. What bothers me a little bit is that the enemy is not one technology or another, but emissions. And not just fuel emission. It’s the full course. This example is a discussion that is clearly not included“.

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However, the Italian CEO wanted to relate the times when this new mobile technology would be imposed, and preferred to focus on something that had not yet been resolved for him, and that happens a lot in the America latina As is the case in Europe: the political factor. “Regulators or politicians must respect the principle of technology neutralityHe stressed that governments allow companies to develop their knowledge freely.

Enemies are emissions, not technologies“, Locate. “The authorities have to tell us where they want us to go, but not how. Engineers and technicians should be left free to find an innovative solution for the customer“, he’s finished from miu.

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