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Stellantis expands hybrid engine range and announces 6 new models

Stellantis expands hybrid engine range and announces 6 new models

Is this the response of Carlos Tavares, who said a few weeks ago that the group was too arrogant and that the transition to electric would take longer? Stellantis is also expanding its hybrid powertrain range by announcing 6 new models.

Like many automakers, Stellantis addresses slow consumer adoption of electric motorsThis reality is forcing the group to reconsider its initial plans and invest in internal combustion engines, or even expand them. “The tensions associated with the unaffordability and impracticality of electric vehicles have created unforeseen obstacles,” Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares recently said. “What we are seeing now is that you have to expand the window of time in which this transition can happen.”

This strategic reassessment It led Stellantis to adjust its investments, particularly suspending the construction of new gigafactories in Europe Until battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales increase sufficiently. Tavares emphasized the wisdom of the decision to invest in multi-energy platforms and flexible manufacturing as early as 2021. These strategic choices now allow Stellantis to more easily adapt to a transition that unfolds over time. “We will be able to manage this transition primarily by leveraging multi-energy platforms,” he said. This approach allows Stellantis to align its investments with the evolution of EV sales while also maintaining prudent cash flow management.

Faced with these challenges, Stellantis announced in a recent press release: The company will offer 30 hybrid models in Europe this year, with six more planned by 2026Since the beginning of 2024, sales of hybrid models in the EU30 have increased by 41% compared to the same period last year, while customer adoption is expected to increase thanks to new launches.

Unique multi-energy platforms and a flexible generation strategy offer Stellantis customers: Freedom to choose from a portfolio of 14 brands“Thanks to the new eDCT technology, which we are using in a large number of models to make it accessible to a large number of customers, we now have a particularly competitive hybrid solution that goes from power to power,” Tavares explained. The reference hybrid engine, the PureTech Hybrid 48V, is a 100 and 136 hp combustion engine combined with a 21 kW electric motor integrated into the eDCT transmission. The latter is produced in Metz, France, and Turin, Italy.

In line with the Stellantis 2028 roadmap Six new hybrid models announced by 2026, We could see vehicles like the Fiat 500 Ibrida and the Fiat Grande Panda. Speculation is rife for the other four models, with potential names including the Lancia Gamma, Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio, the new Jeep Compass, Jeep Commander, Jeep Grand Commander, Peugeot 5008, Opel Grandland, Opel Manta, DS9 and DS7.