FCA to Replace Diesel Models with Electric and Hybrid Variants in Europe
【Summary】Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced that it is going to execute a five-year plan which will comprise of electrification a wide range of vehicles that are a part of this corporation's fleet.
Electrification of cars is the most popular Trend in the automotive industry today. Effects of the same can be seen all over the globe. China is also planning on standardizing electric vehicle technology nationally and has plans for Global expansion. Another contender has advanced into this landscape.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced that it is going to execute a five-year plan which will comprise of electrification a wide range of vehicles that are a part of this corporation's fleet.
The new cars will include hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric only powertrains. As a result of the electrification, the partnership also aims to do away with its range of diesel models in Europe by the year 2021. The CEO of Fiat Chrysler automobiles Sergio Marchionne believes that the diesel technology will become ineffective because of the emissions regulations that govern it.
As of now, the company is only interested in revamping the diesel range with electric powertrains exclusively in Europe. There has been no news which indicates that the same approach might be taken in the American Market. FCA does not intend on electrifying offerings from its American sub-brands like Jeep and Dodge in North America for now.
In Europe, however, the company will offer 5 mild hybrid and 8 plug-in hybrid models of its Jeep sub-brand. The company also intends on offering every model with some type of electrification. There is also a mild hybrid powertrain which will be offered in the upcoming range of Ram 1500 pickup trucks.
FC brands in Europe will get different levels and types of electrification. Italian automaker Fiat has announced that a new generation of its 500e subcompact electric vehicle will soon be launched. The new generation of Fiat 500e will also be available in a giardiniera wagon version. The car will also be accompanied with Fiat 500x and 500L models which will be offered with hybrid powertrains.
The company has also entered into a joint venture in China and will offer four fully electric vehicles in that market. As the company does not plan on bringing electrification to North America yet, it is uncertain as to how many of these powertrains will also make their way into the company's lineup in the United States.
FCS luxury sub-brand Maserati has also announced that it will soon offer pure electric versions of its Quattroporte and Levante models. The company will also be launching the upcoming Alfieri fully electric vehicle under another sub-brand soon. A three motor, all-wheel drive powertrain and torque vectoring set up will be shared by all three cars.
The company will also offer Quattroporte and Levante in plug-in hybrid models. A new model will mark the introduction of the company's new D segment crossover and will also be treated with the same plug-in hybrid technology.
Alfa Romeo will also introduce six plug-in hybrid models by the year 2022. The next generation of 8C will also be offered with a mid-mounted bi-Turbo gasoline engine and electrified front axle. This powertrain setup will produce over 700 horsepower in the new sportscar.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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