In an announcement, the carmaker stated that the scarcity was all the way down to quite a few elements, together with the scarcity of supply drivers, the non-renewal of the completed car truck fleet and the battle in Ukraine. It additionally pointed to port congestion and railroad instability.
“In parallel, we’re in a transitional part with extra diversified logistic gamers, whereas we proceed to discover progressive options similar to seller self-pickup to mitigate the present state of affairs,” stated the carmaker.
The scarcity of drivers and tools affecting European car deliveries is properly documented. Figures from the Worldwide Street Transport Union (IRU), present there have been 425,000 unfilled driver roles in 2021, 10% of the entire in Europe, and that’s more likely to improve to 14% by the tip of this 12 months.
There has additionally been a major decline the supply of the tools wanted to maneuver automobiles in Europe. Over Covid the European completed car sector misplaced as a lot as 30-40% of capability, together with a major quantity of scrapped tools.
The issues affecting transport capability for car shipments in Europe have been in focus at this 12 months’s annual convention held by the Affiliation of European Automobile Logistics (ECG) in Vienna, Austria.
On the identical convention it was revealed that Stellantis will finish all present gross sales and repair contracts with European sellers for all of its manufacturers from June 2023. The corporate is setting out a plan for future community restructuring forward of its adoption of an company mannequin alongside conventional seller distribution, by whicha carmaker sells on to the shopper on-line for a set price. That’s a part of Stellantis’ purpose to cut back distribution prices by 50%.
Within the meantime, a spokesperson for Stellantis in France stated that the corporate had groups mobilised seven days per week to enhance the state of affairs at Sochaux and get automobiles delivered to prospects.
In keeping with a report by Reuters, Stellantis is now utilizing an airfield close to to the Sochaux plant to retailer the automobiles till they are often moved out to the seller community.