The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was Fiat Chrysler’s first mass-market hybrid vehicle, but it won’t be the last. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne told AutoExpress on the floor of the Geneva auto show this week that hybrid technology will be offered on many of its vehicles by the year 2020 in order to meet emissions targets.
“Do I think we need to move to a higher use of electrification in our cars? Yes, absolutely. Do I think we will have the technology in most of our cars by 2020? Yes,” Marchionne said.
FCA had the lowest average fuel economy among all automakers in the United States in 2014, according to Environmental Protection Agency data. The company is now looking to lower its average emissions before emissions regulations become even more strict, and introducing a hoard of hybrid vehicles is a good way to do so.
The automaker is not ruling out diesel vehicles in light of Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ emissions scandal, however. While VW is doubling up on electric vehicles in order to partially distance itself from diesel technology, Marchionne recognizes that getting rid of diesel will help no one.
“Diesel existed before dieselgate,” he said. “The fact that somebody did not properly apply rules to deal with that technology does not does not make the technology wrong. We need to understand because we are going to end up with the wrong reaction to this, that we throw out diesel out. Wrong answer.”