Netherlands-based automaker, Stellantis recently joined a growing list of automakers that have announced their dedication to only producing all-electric vehicles in the near future. A huge commitment that some automakers have been promising for years without an ounce of progress. Stellantis CEO, Carlos Tavares doesn’t want Stellantis to become one of those automakers and is giving us all the details of his plans.
Automotive News recently reported that Stellantis is preparing to go “full throttle” on battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). According to the CEO, hybrid powertrains will “eventually disappear.” A bold claim from an automaker that barely has its toes wet having just begun operations in January 2021. According to the CEO, Stellantis is “going full throttle on battery-electric vehicles, as we believe the mix of sales within electrified vehicles will move very fast to pure BEVs.” Tavares added “we aren’t thinking we’ll still have mild hybrids or plug-in hybrids.”
Tavares also stated that the areas Stellantis serves are all working toward a future ban on gas-powered cars. Stellantis consists of 14 brands across the United States, France, Germany, and Italy.
In addition to the announcement, Tavares provided a presentation showing that Stellantis would be “emissions-compliant from Day 1,” with a goal to meet targets by 2025. In regards to this year, the automaker is planning on launching 10 new “high voltage” vehicles. These vehicles will be both BEVs and PHEVs and will likely use one of dedicated EV platforms the automaker already has.
Tavares also noted that one of the main focuses for the automakers switch to electric is range. According to the CEO: “I am challenging my engineers hard. We are working very hard on the energy storage capabilities, but also on the energy efficiency ratio of the electric motors, on transmissions, on aerodynamics.”