Electrification study by the Italian Automotive and Motorcycle Industry Commission

European countries are rapidly moving towards a future without internal combustion engines. In July 2021, the European Union further accelerated its electrification schedule by proposing a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035. While Italy postponed the measure to protect its manufacturers of supercars, the country is still taking stock. progress in its electrification.

With the approval of the MOTUS-E Electricity Defense Group, the Italian Automobile Industry Association (ANFIA), the ANIE Federation trade organization and the Italian Association of Bicycle and Motorcycle Manufacturers (ANCMA), the Department of Economics and the University of Ferrara have captured the state of the industry today. The survey assessed the mobility supply chain transition away from fossil fuels and included more than 122 companies operating in both traditional and electric transport.

As for manufacturers, 24% of the sector is now based on electric mobility. Figures are also similar for the aftermarket, with 25 percent of supplies and service providers dealing with electric vehicles. While the study shows that Italy has made progress in recent years, the responses also show that the path to electrification is fraught with pitfalls.

Of the companies surveyed, 30% believe that the lack of a clear policy direction has hampered transition efforts. Asset liquidity is also a concern among 29% of the sample and 13% believe the industry lacks qualified employees for a quick transition.

At present, 94% of manufacturers are already investing in electric mobility production lines and educational programs. While the committee will present its full findings in January 2022, the study already underscores the importance of supporting local administrators, funding, and training and skills training programs for future generations of workers. The EU may be heading towards a future of high-speed electric mobility, but Italy’s progress highlights the problems facing an industry in transition.

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