“Everybody’s struggling a little bit with EVs,” Sargent mentioned.
“The manufacturers tend to load their EVs with a lot of technology, some of which [is] related to the fact that it’s an EV, some isn’t. … They’re trying to attract tech-minded people who want all of this stuff. That can be problematic. There’s more to go wrong.”
Sargent mentioned automakers are in a troublesome place as a result of they need to get electrical fashions to market shortly to fulfill buyers’ expectations, but getting them prepared can take time. “It will be a challenge for them, like it is for everybody,” he mentioned of Stellantis.
At the identical time, electrification can take away some complexity in a automobile and remove components that always are a supply of high quality issues. Champine mentioned being proactive and figuring out potential issues earlier than starting manufacturing shall be essential to EV launches.
“Whenever you’re launching something new, you have to be very conscious of what it’s going to take to be successful at launch,” Champine mentioned.
“And I would say our efforts have been focused on launching better by proactive initiatives, looking at product design, robustness, understanding process risks early and addressing those risks before we start production, as well as really good reactive measures.”