Stellantis, a global mobility player with 14 brands including Vauxhall, Peugeot, Fiat, Citroën and Jeep, has today announced the ramp-up of production of its all-new M3 electric vehicle (EV) motors. This will be part of an electric motors joint venture at its manufacturing plant in Trémery, Lorraine, France.
With a production capacity expected to reach more than one million electric motors per year by 2024, Stellantis has solidified its industrial footprint to achieve its goal of reaching 100 per cent of its passenger battery electric car sales mix in Europe by 2030. This was outlined in the company’s Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan and to support its Carbon Net Zero roadmap.
Carlos Tavares, Stellantis CEO, said: ”Our commitment to be the automotive sector’s champion in the fight against climate change is reflected in each of our sites by supporting our employees on the next step in the electric adventure.
“Controlling our electrification value chain will ensure our technological independence in the context of economic and geopolitical crises while mitigating the impact of this dramatic change for our sites and employees, particularly in France where we are and will undoubtedly remain the commercial and industrial leader.”
Starting in January 2023, the new DS 3 E-TENSE, Peugeot e-208, Jeep Avenger, Vauxhall and Opel Mokka Electric will benefit from the high-efficiency M3 electric motor. This motor offers 115kW/156hp power and 260Nm torque.
Coupled with a new battery, this new electric motor is a major enabler to improve vehicle efficiency, providing a range of more than 250 miles (402km). It will be fitted to the new generations of various Stellantis brand vehicles as they are launched.
The Trémery site, which was one of the largest diesel production plants in the world, has been committed to the energy transition since 2018, with the support of its social partners and local elected officials. For more than a year, the Trémery plant has provided 6,000 hours of training to its employees. At the national level, the company’s Electrification Academy supported the training of 15,000 French employees.
Stellantis in France
With 12 plants located in the heart of seven French regions, Stellantis will continue to be the leading manufacturer in France on the commercial and industrial level. Over the past four years, the Company has invested €2 billion in its production facilities.
Stellantis will produce 12 electric vehicle models in France:
- Mulhouse: Peugeot e-308 sedan, e-308 SW and e-408
- Sochaux: Peugeot e-3008, e-5008,
- Rennes: Citroën’s future electric SUV,
- Poissy: New DS 3 E-TENSE, Vauxhall and Opel Mokka Electric,
- Hordain: Peugeot e-Expert, Citroën e-Jumpy, Vauxhall and Opel Vivaro-e Electric, Fiat e- Scudo (and Toyota Proace Electric)
The assembly plants will use major electrical components manufactured in France at plants located in Caen, Charleville, Metz, Mulhouse, Sept-Fons, Trémery, Valenciennes and the Billy-Berclau/Douvrin gigafactory.
This is great news for Stellantis and the future of electric motoring in France. Plus, with these 12 plants, it will continue to support local economies as they transition from internal combustion engine production to zero emissions electric vehicle production.
Earlier this month, Stellantis and Qinomic, a high-tech company specialised in innovative and sustainable solutions for mobility, announced a partnership to convert internal combustion engine light commercial vehicles to an electric drivetrain. This will also ensure original equipment manufacturer (OEM) quality and specifications, such as safety, durability, and type approval, are maintained.
Following the successful completion of this joint development in 2023, and positive customer feedback on the demo cars’ performance, will lead to implementation and commercialisation starting in France in 2024. Thus, further expanding its electric footprint in the country.