Stellantis Expands Hybrid Offerings Amid Rising European Demand

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The automaker, featuring 14 brands, reported a 41% rise in year-to-date sales of hybrid models in 2024 compared to the same period in 2023 within the EU30. It plans to offer 30 hybrid models in Europe this year and has six new releases scheduled through 2026.

Using a multi-energy strategy, Stellantis is quickly responding to a surge in customer demand for hybrid models in Europe, particularly those equipped with the latest eDCT advanced hybrid technology.

This automaker, which includes 14 brands, is set to offer 30 hybrid models this year and aims to launch six additional models by 2026. These hybrid variants provide an excellent driving experience while offering lower CO2 emissions at a more competitive price than fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Stellantis has recorded a 41% increase in sales of hybrid models in the EU30 year-to-date in 2024 compared to the same period in 2023. The company anticipates further growth in customer interest with its forthcoming new models. Stellantis leads in low emission vehicle sales, including battery electric, fuel cell, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid vehicles, in the EU30 for A and B segments and light commercial vehicles.

Uwe Hochgeschurtz, Stellantis Chief Operating Officer for Enlarged Europe, emphasized that the company is at the forefront of merging sustainability with innovation, maintaining a strong dedication to developing hybrid technology for its European customers. He noted that this technology enhances the efficiency and performance of traditional combustion engines while steering us toward a future of decreased emissions, improved vehicle range, and increased affordability.

Stellantis-brand HEVs available or soon to be released in Europe this year include models from Alfa Romeo, Citroën, DS, Fiat, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati, Opel/Vauxhall, and Peugeot.

Stellantis’s hybrid technology leverages a multi-energy manufacturing approach to cater to different driving needs and vehicle sizes. Their hybrid vehicles utilize kinetic energy from braking and deceleration, storing it in a lightweight battery for use during acceleration, thus enhancing efficiency.

Many Stellantis-brand hybrids in Europe now feature advanced eDCT technology with an integrated 21-kW electric motor, enabling a smooth and effortless driving experience, including electric-only driving modes suitable for urban environments. The 48-volt, 0.9-kWh battery system provides up to 1km of range under consistent driving conditions and supports electric propulsion during cruising. The electric motor also acts as a generator during coasting and braking to recharge the battery, with a Belt Starter Generator ensuring a quick switch between electric and hybrid modes.

The eDCT-based hybrid system is designed for optimal fuel efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 20% compared to traditional combustion engines with automatic transmissions. Its modular design also supports plug-in hybrid configurations due to a high degree of component commonality.

Currently, Stellantis manufactures hybrid vehicles in over 70% of its European plants. Through the eTransmissions joint venture, eDCT units are produced in Metz, France, and Turin, Italy, supplying 11 vehicle manufacturing sites. The combined production capacity exceeds 1.2 million eDCTs annually.

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