Stellantis: New STLA platforms with a range of up to 800 km

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In addition, the group plans to produce 250 GWh battery cells soon – about as much as the VW group

Stellantis: New STLA platforms with a range of up to 800 km-platforms

In January 2021, the merger of PSA (Peugeot, Citroen, Opel etc.) and FCA (Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep etc.) resulted in the Stellantis Group. This now includes no fewer than 14 brands with more than 110 models.

CEO Carlos Tavares now wants to bring order to this unmistakable abundance.

The electrified models (i.e. electric cars / BEVs and plug-in hybrids / PHEVs) will only use four platforms in the future, as Tavares announced at the annual general meeting. These four platforms carry the abbreviation STLA, which possibly stands for Stellantis Architecture.

But before the STLA platforms start, the group wants to introduce a second generation of the eCMP platform at the end of 2022. The smaller vehicles (segments A, B and C, i.e. small cars, small cars and compact cars) should be based on this. Presumably, this is the new eVMP platform announced by Peugeot for 2023, the first for the next generation of the Peugeot 3008 should be used.

From 2026, CMP will be replaced by the new STLA Small platform, which should enable electric ranges of 500 kilometers – significantly more than CMP, where a maximum of 320 km is currently possible.

  vehicles Maximum range begin
STLA Small Small to compact cars 500 km from 2026
STLA medium Compact and middle class 700 km from 2023
STLA Large Middle class, upper middle class 800 km from 2023
STLA frame large SUVs and pick-ups 500 km from 2024

The platforms STLA Medium for segments C and D (compact and middle class) with ranges of up to 700 km and STLA Large for segments D and E (middle and upper middle class) with ranges of up to 800 km will be introduced as early as 2023. The fourth platform is called STLA Frame and is to be introduced in 2024. She carries large SUVs and pickups with ranges of 500 km.

 

Tavares also commented on the battery cells. They are being developed by the Automotive Cells Company, a joint venture between Stellantis and Total subsidiary Saft. A year ago pilot production started at Saft in Nersac (southern France).

Production is scheduled to start in a factory in Douvrin (northern France) at the end of 20223. A second factory in Kaiserslautern is scheduled to start at the end of 2025. Together, the two plants should have a production capacity of 50 GWh per year. For comparison: battery production worldwide in 2020 was 135 GWh, the VW group plans to produce as many as 240 GWh with its six planned battery plants. Stellantis also wants to significantly expand cell production: 130 GWh should be produced worldwide in 2025, and even 250 GWh in 2030 – about as much as the VW Group wants to produce.

The electric motors and software come from Nidec-PSA emotors, a joint venture between Stellantis and the Japanese electric motor manufacturer Nidec.

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Tavares also announced that Stellantis plans to increase sales of electrified cars in Europe from 14 percent in 2021 to up to 70 percent in 2030. In the USA, the share is expected to grow from 4 to 35 percent. Stellantis also wants to offer an electrified version for all models by 2030.

The Stellantis Group currently offers electric cars based on the CMP platform (e.g. Opel Mokka-e, Peugeot e-208 etc.) and EMP2 (the Opel Zafira-e, Peugeot e-Expert etc.), plus plug-ins -Hybrids based on EMP2 (e.g. Peugeot 508 Hybrid, Opel Grandland-X Hybrid). There are also the Fiat 500 e and plug-in versions, for example the Jeep Renegade. An electric Ducato is also planned and electric versions of the Wrangler and an electric version of the ram pick-ups. The latter should then be based on STLA Frame.

Stellantis plans to present ten new electric cars and plug-in hybrids in 2021. The group plans to sell 400,000 BEVs and PHEVs over the year as a whole. The car company plans to announce further information on the electrification plans on July 8, 2021 at a Stellantis Electrification Day – the example of Tesla's Battery Day and VW Power Day is setting a precedent.

Photo gallery: Stellantis electrification plans (April 2021)

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