It's time to stop the myth that FCA is falling behind. Just because the don't sell EVs to the consumer through retail outlets, doesn't mean there isn't any R&D going on. The PHEV Pacifica didn't pop up out of nowhere. The automotive media bashes Sergio for his statements about the 500e compliance car and dropping the earlier hybrids. If FCA remained locked in to those battery contracts from 2008, they would of been behind both financially and technologically. It has been pointed out elsewhere in these forums that FCA companies offer electric vehicles in other global markets, where it makes sound business sense. Daimler cut off the legs from Chrysler's EV progress after 2003when they killed the EPIC. The media likes to overlook how advanced the Chrysler EVs were at that time. FCA doesn't make batteries and not all battery manufacturers make automobiles. I don't think it is necessary for FCA to make batteries if there is a competitive market to supply them.