The Anonymous Widower

Vauxhall-Maker Says UK Needs To Change Its Brexit Deal

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This is the sub-heading.

One of the world’s biggest carmakers has called on the government to renegotiate part of the Brexit deal or risk losing parts of its car industry

These four paragraphs explain the problem.

Stellantis, which makes Vauxhall, Peugeot, Citroen and Fiat had committed to making electric vehicles in the UK.

But it has now said it is no longer able to meet Brexit trade rules on where parts are sourced.

The government is “determined” that the UK will remain competitive in car manufacturing, a spokesperson said.

Stellantis called on the government to come to an agreement with the EU to keep rules as they are until 2027.

Because, there is not enough battery capacity in the UK and possibly the EU, everything has gone pear-shaped.

I think there are three possible solutions.

  • Build more battery factories.
  • Change the regulations.
  • Develop hydrogen internal combustion engines.


  1. Could a battery factory be built fast enough? I doubt it!
  2. Could the regulations be changed? Possibly!
  3. Could hydrogen internal combustion engines be developed quickly enough? Ask Cummins, JCB, Ricardo and Toyota.

It is highly likely that there will be much higher demand for batteries, than anybody expects, as innovators develop more applications.

May 17, 2023 - Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Yet again this Government is ‘committed’ and ‘determine’, oh well!
    I think that changing the regulations is more of a ‘probable’ than a ‘possible’
    Could hydrogen internal combustion engines be developed quickly enough? Not a hope in hell – Cummins and JCB aren’t exactly in the car market, Ricardo will always sell their services positively. Toyota and BMW are the only ones who have advanced the hydrogen ICE, yet sales wouldn’t indicate a breakthrough. Most companies like Volkswagen, Honda, Mercedes Benz (as opposed to Daimler Trucks), Renault, Nissan, Stellantis, Nissan, Hyundai and General Motors have no in-depth short to medium term plans. Anyway the immediate option of the manufacture of hydrogen ICE in the UK or the EU doesn’t doesn’t address the threat of import/export tariffs.

    Comment by fammorris | May 17, 2023 | Reply

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