Ineos delays electric Fusilier launch

Ineos Automotive, part of the chemical industry giant Ineos Group, is delaying its Fusilier battery-electric SUV. It cites waning consumer demand for EVs and uncertainty around tariffs as the leading causes.

Production of the Fusilier, a smaller vehicle than the Grenadier 4×4, which the company started selling last year, had been expected to begin in 2027, which was already a delay.

Ineos didn’t specify a new timeline in its emailed statement. A spokesperson commented: “The project is paused but is definitely not abandoned.”

According to Dataforce, Ineos sold 593 Grenadiers (ICE engined) in Europe through May.

Two versions: BEV and EREV

Ineos Group CEO Jim Ratcliffe had outlined plans earlier this year to offer a battery-only version of the Fusilier and a range-extender option using a small gasoline engine.

However, according to the current rules, a range-extender hybrid would be banned in the European Union in 2035 and 2030 in Britain. That is if the rulings aren’t changed and if the Labour Party wins Thursday’s U.K. general election, an Ineos Automotive spokesperson said.

The British Conservative Party, currently in power, recently postponed banning ICE cars until 2035 following the European Union.

Uncertainty

“We are delaying the launch of the Ineos Fusilier for two reasons: reluctant consumer uptake of EVs and industry uncertainty around tariffs, timings, and taxation,” the company said in a statement. “Policymakers need to give long-term clarity to meet net-zero targets. We are a small-volume car producer; we can’t afford to produce products that don’t sell.”

The decision comes after Ratcliffe told Bloomberg TV in an interview in February that Ineos was “fully in” when it came to low-emission vehicles. Ineos Automotive CEO Lynn Calder affirmed this at the Automotive News Europe Congress last month but said that a mix of technologies should be allowed to achieve emissions reductions.

Ineos planned to develop the model with the supplier Magna International and build it by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. A spokesperson for Magna confirmed Ineos’ decision to delay the Fusilier to the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung, which reported the news earlier.

In May, Ineos also announced that it was working on a hydrogen version of its Grenadier, insisting that production was still far away and pointing out that fueling infrastructure, the cost of isolating pure hydrogen, and the lack of political ambition were major obstacles.

Some 600 Grenadiers have already been sold. The sturdy off-roader is ICE-driven, but a hydrogen version is under study /Ineos

 

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