ATESSA, Italy -- Italy's penny-pinching approach to incentives has meant several months of reduced automotive production, the Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said.
"Stellantis has been asking the Italian government for the last nine months to support EV sales," Tavares said on Tuesday during a visit to the automaker's plant in Atessa, central Italy, Europe's largest van-making factory.
Tavares said Stellantis is asking the Italian government to support sales of EVs to also help protect its Mirafiori plant, in Turin, which produces vehicles including Fiat's 500 electric small car. The plant has introduced temporary lay-offs because of sluggish demand.
Fiat-owner Stellantis has been in talks with Rome since last summer over a long term plan for the industry.