How and why Stellantis accelerates on electric mobility in Italy

Will the Turin of Savoy turn into an electric Turin? And will Mirafiori become a kind of MiraWatt? This probably won’t be the case. But Stellantis Italia has decided to play an important part of its chips at the electric mobility table right in the Piedmontese capital and, in particular, in the historic Fiat plant.

In the factory area the Stellantis Italy House and the Battery Hub and the Battery Lab will be located. “Mirafiori will become a center of excellence and competence for the energy transition and electrification. It will also have an increasingly central role in the experimentation and development of batteries”, explains Santo Ficili, country Italy manager of Stellantis, in his first press conference since his appointment.

Stellantis Italy House, Battery Hub e Battery Lab

“The Battery Hub is a real battery assembly center, which uses the most advanced technologies with modular and flexible processes that guarantee its expandability for future projects. In another area of ​​Mirafiori, the Battery Lab, a technologically advanced center for quality control of the most strategic components, for the management of battery efficiency after assembly and for battery life cycle tests “, adds Ficili.

Fiat Mirafiori: where the electric 500 was born

The Mirafiori plant

The new “home” of Stellantis Italia, also within Mirafiori, will embody “our way of operating according to a model based on agile work, flexibility, creativity, social sharing. remote working which will represent 70% of the total “.

This is also how “we are developing new tools to better face the future challenges of a market whose leadership we intend to maintain and strengthen, also leveraging the opportunities that will be offered to us by the electrification strategy of Stellantis”, remarked Ficili, underlining the 45% share of electrified cars (including mild hybrids) sold in September on our market.

The centrality of Mirafiori

The conversion of Mirafiori, 82 years after its inauguration in 1939, is in fact “already started with the inauguration of the production line of the New Fiat 500 in 2020 and confirmed by the opening of the largest plant Vehicle-to-Grid of the world, with a 100% Italian project that uses bidirectional technology to charge the car and to restore power to the electricity grid. “He also remembers,” Mirafiori will also host Maserati’s new electrified platform, which will allow the creation of the New GranTurismo, GranCabrio and the New Quattroporte, between 2022 and 2024 “.

V2G FCA inauguration

The V2G of Mirafiori

The electric offensive, however, is not concentrated exclusively in Turin, Ficili emphasizes. “We are working to transform the Termoli plant into the third European gigafactory. The production lines of 4 new Bev models and the assembly line for batteries are planned in Melfi and the Sevel plant will confirm its leadership in vehicle production in Atessa. commercial also in the Bev variant “.

Password: accessibility for customers

In short, “that of Stellantis is a 360-degree electrification strategy, in which Italy plays a leading role”. And this also means services (Ficili gives the examples, among others, the examples of Leasys Go! And Free2move e-solutions), but above all a concept that the top manager often repeats: making electric mobility accessible for the customer.

Leasys GO!  Rome, the car sharing of the electric Fiat 500

Leasys GO! The car sharing of the electric Fiat 500

Accessibility both in terms of price (“by 2026, we aim to make the total cost of ownership of electric vehicles equivalent to that of vehicles with internal combustion engines”), and informative (“I want every dealer to be able to understand the needs of those who go to the dealership “) and offer (” we will have products and services capable of covering 80 to 100% of market demands. We will have the right product and offer it at the right price “).

But not only. Stellantis is fully committed to the Atlante project (the high-speed charging network in southern European countries), even if the commitment of private individuals is not enough for infrastructures, but the collaboration of all the parties involved is required.

Because “the drive towards electrification is a radical change that is taking place at an impressive speed. A revolution that requires a change of mentality and habits, as well as of infrastructures, production methods and commercial channels”. In this context, continues Ficili, also “the customer is already changing, showing a growing attention to environmental issues”.

The strategies of the group

If the focus is on Italy, a reference to the strategies of the entire Stellantis group on the electrification front could not be missing, with an investment of 30 billion euros by 2025, to reach “by 2030, 70% of sales in Europe consisting of electric or electrified cars and vehicles “.

Stellantis EV Day 2021

The new electric platforms

To reduce costs, it is necessary to work on the entire value chain. “Stellantis’ four Bev platforms (the small, medium, large and frame STLAs, with ranges from 500 to 800 kilometers) are designed with a high level of flexibility and component sharing that creates economies of scale. In this way, each platform it will be able to support up to two million units a year. And, thanks also to the gigafactories, the cost of battery packs will be reduced by more than 40% between 2020 and 2024 “, concluded Ficili.

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