Vauxhall’s complete line-up of cars and vans will be fully electric by 2028.
Paul Willcox, Managing Director, Vauxhall Motors, commented: “As of 2028, Vauxhall will only offer fully electric cars and vans in the UK. 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.”
It has also been announced that a new all-electric car – a modern day version of the Opel Manta – will be introduced mid-decade following on from the positive public reception to the Manta GSe ElektroMOD restomod concept.
In the first six months of this year, the Corsa-e is the best-selling battery electric supermini and Vauxhall itself is the UK’s number one electric van manufacturer. With the introduction of the all-electric Combo-e and Movano-e LCVs, Vauxhall will offer fully electric vans across its range by the end of 2021. Including the car range, the entire Vauxhall portfolio will offer electrified versions by 2024 and then move to fully electric in 2028.
This move to being all-electric follows the announcement earlier this week that the Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire will become the first Stellantis plant to produce solely electric vehicles when the Combo-e LCV and passenger version (together with their partner vehicles) go into production at the historic site at the end of next year.
Through to 2030, Stellantis’ LEV mix for passenger cars in Europe is targeted to steadily grow to over 70 percent – 10 percentage points ahead of current industry assumptions for overall market mix. In the U.S., Stellantis’ LEV mix for passenger cars and light-duty trucks is expected to be more than 40 percent by 2030.
To execute this strategy, Stellantis plans to invest more than €30 billion through to 2025 in electrification and software development.
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.
The Stellantis electrification roadmap encompasses the entire value chain. The Company’s EV battery sourcing strategy is to secure more than 130 gigawatt hours (GWh) of capacity by 2025 and more than 260 GWh by 2030. The EV battery and component needs will be met with a total of five “gigafactories” in Europe and North America, completed with additional supply contracts and partnerships to support total demand.
Stellantis has signed MOUs with two lithium geothermal brine process partners in North America and Europe to ensure a sustainable supply of lithium, identified as the most critical battery raw material with regard to availability, as well as have the ability to integrate lithium into the supply chain once available.
In addition to sourcing strategies, Stellantis’ technical expertise and manufacturing synergies will drive battery costs lower. Electric vehicle battery pack costs are targeted to be reduced by more than 40 percent from 2020 to 2024 and by more than an additional 20 percent by 2030. All aspects of the battery pack play a role in reducing the costs – optimising the overall pack, simplifying the format of the modules, increasing the size of the battery cells and upgrading the battery chemistry.
The company intends to maximise the full value of the battery life cycle through repair, remanufacturing, second-life use and recycling, as well as ensure a sustainable system that prioritizes customer needs and environmental concerns.
Affordability is a priority at Stellantis, as the Company is targeting for the total cost of ownership of EVs to be equivalent to internal combustion engine vehicles by 2026.
Electrification is not a “one size fits all” plan at Stellantis. Each of the company’s 14 brands is committed to offering best-in-class fully electrified solutions and doing so in a way that enhances the DNA of each brand. Stellantis revealed the following statements expressing each of the brand’s electrification approach:
• Abarth – “Heating Up People, But Not the Planet”
• Alfa Romeo – “From 2024, Alfa Becomes Alfa e-Romeo”
• Chrysler – “Clean Technology for a New Generation of Families”
• Citroën – “Citroën Electric: Well-Being for All!”
• Dodge – “Tear Up the Streets… Not the Planet”
• DS Automobiles – “The Art of Travel, Magnified”
• Fiat – “It’s Only Green When It’s Green for All”
• Jeep – “Zero Emission Freedom”
• Lancia – “The Most Elegant Way to Protect the Planet”
• Maserati – “The Best in Performance Luxury, Electrified”
• Peugeot – “Turning Sustainable Mobility into Quality Time”
• Ram – “Built to Serve a Sustainable Planet”
• Vauxhall/Opel – “Green is the New Cool”
• Commercial Vehicles – “The Global Leader in e-Commercial Vehicles”
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 Company intends to meet the demands of its varied customers by supporting the development of fast charging networks across Europe, enabled by a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between Free2Move eSolutions and Engie EPS. The intention is to mimic Free2Move eSolutions’ business model for the North American market.
Four BEV-centric platforms are the backbone of the electrified vehicles from Stellantis brands. The platforms are designed with a high level of flexibility (both in length and width) and component sharing, delivering economies of scale as each platform can support production of up to two million units per year.
The four platforms are:
• STLA Small – range up to 300 miles/500 kilometres
• STLA Medium – range up to 440 miles/700 kilometres
• STLA Large – range up to 500 miles/800 kilometres
• STLA Frame – range up to 500 miles/800 kilometres
Propulsion includes a family of three electric drive modules (EDM) that combine the motor, gearbox and inverter. These EDMs are compact, flexible and can be easily scaled. The EDMs can be configured for front-drive, rear-drive, all-wheel drive and 4xe.
The combination of the platforms, EDMs and high energy-density battery packs will deliver vehicles with best-in-class performance in efficiency, range and recharging.
A programme of hardware upgrades and over-the-air software updates will extend the life of the platforms well into the next decade. Stellantis will develop software and controls in-house to maintain the characteristics unique to each brand.
Battery packs will be tailored for a variety of vehicles – from smaller city cars to energy-dense packs for performance vehicles and trucks. Use of two battery chemistries is planned by 2024 to support various customer needs: a high energy-density option and a nickel cobalt-free alternative. By 2026, the first competitive solid state battery technology is targeted to be introduced.