Stellantis, the parent company of 14 brands including Citroen, Fiat, Peugeot and Vauxhall, has set out its plans for electrification, with the key headlines including Vauxhall’s announcement that it is moving to sell only electric vehicles by 2028.
The parent company also includes Alfa Romeo, Abarth, DS Automobiles, Jeep and Maserati, as well as the Dodge, Lancia, RAM and Chrysler nameplates not sold in the UK. It has pledged to invest more than £25bn by the end of 2025 on electrification and software in a bid to become the market leader in low-emission vehicles.
The company said that by the end of 2030, 70% of the group’s European volume, and 40% of that in the United States, will be low-emission vehicles. This covers electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen, with a hydrogen-powered medium van due to launch in the UK in 2023 and in mainland Europe at the end of this year. At present, LEV figures are 14% in Europe and 4% in the US.
Stellantis is aiming for EV total cost of ownership to match internal combustion engines by 2026, helped by a targeted 40% reduction in the cost of the battery pack by 2024, with a further 20% fall between 2024 and 2030.
Development work on batteries and charging will also, it said, lead to an EV range of 300-500 miles and recharge capability of 20 miles per minute, which multiplies out to 500 miles of range added in 25 minutes, were the charge rate able to be maintained across an entire empty-to-full charge.
Confirmed new Stellantis electrified models
Vauxhall Combo-e Life Autumn 2021
Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV facelift Autumn 2021
DS 9 PHEV October 2021
Citroen e-Berlingo Late 2021
DS 4 PHEV Late 2021
Jeep Compass PHEV Late 2021
Peugeot e-Rifter Late 2021
Peugeot 308 PHEV Late 2021
Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV Early 2022
Peugeot 308 SW PHEV Early 2022
Vauxhall Astra PHEV Early 2022
Jeep Grand Cherokee PHEV Mid-2022
Jeep Wrangler PHEV 2023
Vauxhall Manta-e 2025
Vauxhall Combo-e Autumn 2021
Citroen e-Berlingo Late 2021
Peugeot e-Partner Late 2021
Vauxhall Movano-e Winter 2021
Hydrogen Peugeot Expert 2023
Hydrogen Citroen Dispatch 2023
Hydrogen Vauxhall Vivaro 2023
VAUXHALL GOES EV
Vauxhall (and its European Opel sister company) was the only nameplate to get a specific announcement about its future during an event that laid out Stellantis’ plans; Vauxhall was confirmed as going EV-only by 2028.
“As of 2028, Vauxhall will only offer fully electric cars and vans in the UK,” said Vauxhall managing director Paul Willcox.
“The future of the automotive industry is electric – and Vauxhall will lead that in this country. We are on a journey to reinvent Vauxhall and heading towards a net zero CO2 future – CO2 is the new currency in our industry.”
The brand has confirmed that it will offer electrified versions of its entire line-up by 2024, ahead of being fully electric in 2028.
Vauxhall has also announced that a new EV described as a modern-day version of the 1970s Opel Manta will launch mid-decade, following a positive reception to the Manta GSe ElektroMOD concept car that was revealed earlier this year. The concept has 147hp and a range of around 124 miles.
More will be revealed in the coming months about the EV strategies and timescales of other brands under the Stellantis umbrella. However, Peugeot has already said that 70% of its car and commercial vehicle line-up will offer an electrified version this year, rising to 85% by 2023 and 100% by 2025.
Stellantis’ range of electric vehicles will slot onto one of four “BEV-centric” platforms that the company said are designed with a “high level of flexibility (length and width) and component sharing”.
-STLA Small – range of up to 300 miles and centred upon “efficient city mobility”.
–STLA Medium – range of up to 440 miles and used on “premium vehicles”.
– STLA Large – range of up to 500 miles and described as to be used for “AWD performance and American muscle”.
– STLA Frame – range of up to 500 miles and with a use on vehicles focused on “capability and practicality”.
The company is also pledging best-in-class efficiency, class-leading fast-charging and acceleration of 0-62mph in as little as 2.0 seconds.
The second life of battery packs is under the microscope, with Stellantis intending to “maximise the full value of the battery life cycle through repair, remanufacturing, second-life use and recycling”.
The company has also announced a new Free2Move eSolutions charging network, although only for mainland Europe at the moment. Stellantis claimed it will be the “largest southern European EV fast charging network”, with 1500 locations and 5000 fast chargers by 2025, rising to 9000 locations with a total of more than 35,000 charging stations by 2030.
“Our commitment with this €30 billion-plus investment plan is to offer iconic vehicles that have the performance, capability, style, comfort and electric range that fit into customers’ daily lives,” said Stellantis chief executive Carlos Tavares. “The strategy we laid out today focuses the right amount of investment on the right technology to reach the market at the right time, ensuring that Stellantis powers the freedom of movement in the most efficient, affordable and sustainable way.”