Almost all Stellantis cars in Europe to get electric version by 2025

15 April 2021 - 17:00 By Reuters
Stellantis is aiming to have more electric vehicles like the Fiat New 500 on the road by 2025.
Stellantis is aiming to have more electric vehicles like the Fiat New 500 on the road by 2025.
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Newly-created carmaker Stellantis will offer electric versions of almost all of its European line-up by 2025, it said on Thursday, as the auto industry faces regulatory pushes in Europe and China to accelerate the shift to zero-emission cars.

Formed in January by the merger of France's PSA and Italian-American group Fiat Chrysler, Stellantis is the world’s fourth largest carmaker, with 14 brands including Opel, Jeep, Ram and Maserati, and, like its peers, faces an investor community keen for a road map to an electric line-up to rival Tesla.

Speaking during Stellantis' first annual shareholders meeting, CEO Carlos Tavares said that in 2021 the carmaker expects sales of electrified vehicles - both plug-in hybrids and fully electric models - to more than triple to over 400,000 units in 2021.

By 2025, electrified vehicles should make up 38% of European sales, a huge jump from the 14% of sales it expects in 2021.

Tavares said by 2030 electric models should make up 70% of European sales and 35% of US sales.

He said Stellantis will use four electric platforms for passenger vehicles across its 14-brand empire - small, medium and large sizes for cars, and “frame” for high-margin SUVs and pickup trucks.

Sweden's Volvo said this month its line-up would be fully electric by 2030, and Ford Motor Co said in February its line-up in Europe would be too.

BMW has said at least 50% of its car sales should be fully-electric models by 2030.

Sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars in the EU almost trebled to over 1 million vehicles last year, accounting for more than 10% of overall sales.