While everyone in Europe was busy keeping up with all the goings on at Goodwood, Stellantis revealed its big, shiny EV plan for the next decade or so.
Established earlier this year after FCA and PSA merged, the supergroup owns and operates no fewer than 14 carmakers*. So without further ado, here are the key announcements it made at its so-called ‘EV Day’.
First up, through 2025 Stellantis will invest a whopping €30billion in electrification. Its aim is that ‘low-emission vehicles’ should account for 70 per cent of sales in Europe and 30 per cent of sales in the US by 2030.
Stellantis EVs will be built around four flexible ‘STLA’ platforms – Small, Medium, Large, and ‘Frame’ (for commercial vehicles) – that offer between 300 and 500 miles of range and can be engineered for front, rear, all-wheel drive and plug-in hybrids.
By 2024 Stellantis will offer high energy-density and nickel cobalt-free batteries, with its first solid state batteries due to land in 2026. These batteries will be produced in five ‘gigafactories’, with 260GWh of capacity by 2030, spread through Europe and North America.
The company says it should be able to reduce the cost of battery packs by 40 per cent by 2024 and then another 20 per cent by 2030. The total cost of ownership of an EV, says Stellantis, should be the same as a combustion-engined vehicle by 2026.
Of particular relevance to Brits is the news that Vauxhall/Opel is going all-electric in 2028. The company will offer electrified versions of all its cars and vans by 2024, then pure EVs only from 2028 onwards. One of those EVs will be a modern-day Manta, which is coming mid-decade in response to the “positive public reception” of the Manta GSe ElektroMOD concept (pictured).
Abarth is going all-electric in 2024, as part of Fiat’s push to go all electric by 2030 at the latest. The fact it only does heated up Fiat 500s - a car which recently went electric-only in its new generation - surely helped bring Abarth's deadline forward.
Meanwhile across the pond, Dodge will launch “the world’s first full battery electric muscle car” in 2024, RAM is developing an electric pick-up that should go into production that same year, while Jeep has committed to offering a plug-in hybrid version of every SUV/4x4 it makes by 2025.
Stellantis has also released a ‘statement’ for each of its brands, reflecting their own electrification strategies. Some of them are hilarious – Abarth’s is “Heating Up People, But Not the Planet”, for example. Alfa’s is interesting, though. It suggests that from 2024 “Alfa Becomes Alfa e-Romeo”. More on that particular revelation as we have it…