Stellantis recently hosted its global EV 2021 Day for customers and media to learn about the company’s electrification strategy for the future. Guests heard from key people within the companies lineup of brands, from Germany’s Opel to the U.S’s RAM brand. Stellantis believes the future is electric and feels their customers are ready to embrace the change. According to Stellantis, 64% of people worldwide consider preserving the environment an important value. This is one of the fastest growing trends for all generations globally. It is this reason that Stellantis is going electric. The presentation also touched on reasons such as range improvements for batteries as well as future affordability of BEV’s that will make the road to global conversion to BEVS, a smoother ride. Stellantis says that by 2026 the total cost of ownership will be equal to ICE vehicles, without government incentives.
The presentation opened with real world testimonials from Stellantis customers who have made the switch to electric. Benefits of switching to electric that customers mentioned were performance, capability and cost savings.
The EV day showcased what the different Stellantis brands around the world are doing around electrification. Addressing commercial customers, Mike Koval, CEO of RAM promised that Stellantis will become the world leader of e-commercial vehicles. Mike spoke about the company’s commitment to listening to customer needs, as well as offering an extensive service support network and growing charging infrastructure to make electrification a seamless transition for commercial customers. The company remains committed to growing its commercial vehicle leadership in Europe and strengthening its position in North America while aiming to be the global leader in e-commercial vehicles. Leveraging knowledge and embracing synergies, the commercial vehicle electrification rollout will extend to all products and all regions over the next three years, including the delivery of hydrogen fuel cell medium vans by the end of 2021.
Driving range and rapid recharges are key to widespread consumer acceptance of BEVs. Stellantis meets this challenge with BEVs that will deliver ranges between 300-500 miles (500-800 km) and with class-leading fast charging capability of 20 miles (32 km) per minute.
Stellantis will offer a full suite of solutions for private, business and fleet customers that help simplify the ownership journey. Efforts will include providing day-to-day smart charging offers using green energy sources, tapping into existing partnerships to expand charging options and accelerating smart grid use.
“The customer is always at the heart of Stellantis and 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 seamlessly into their daily lives,” said Carlos Tavares, Chief Executive Officer, Stellantis. “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.”