Stellantis plans to introduce several new platforms for the next generation of its electric vehicles to become fully electric in Europe and the USA. Central to the company’s accelerated electrification strategy this decade will be a new platform family called ‘STLA’ (pronounced ‘Stella’).
This year, Carlos Tavares, CEO, Stellantis, shared details about its electrification strategy at the annual general meeting. Tavares began with a sales target of more than 400,000 ‘LEVs,’ an internal branding for PHEVs and BEVs combined, in 2021. He revealed that by 2025, 98% of models in Europe and 96% of models in the U.S. market would be available with either a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain and/or a fully electric powertrain. As seen in the chart below, every model from Stellantis sold in Europe and the U.S. market will be available in a pure electric variant by the end of the decade.
Next year, Stellantis will upgrade the eCMP platform to the second generation, and in 2026, it will replace the eCMP with the most basic STLA platform, akin to the Volkswagen MEB Entry. In all, there would be four different STLA platforms, as Tavares has announced:
We have decided that we have a four-platform BEV-focused strategy. We have STLA Small for the A, B, and C segments, we have STLA Medium for C and D segments, and we have STLA Large for D and E segments – all of these related to passenger cars. And we will have one STLA frame dedicated platform for the electrified E and F SUVs and for the pickup trucks.Carlos Tavares, CEO, Stellantis (Stellantis Annual General Meeting 2021)
STLA platform begins in 2023
The roadmap (above) indicates that the rollout of the STLA platforms will begin in late-2023 with a top-down approach. “We are bringing those platforms, dedicated BEV-focused platforms, from 2023,” Tavares said at the event. Further, Tavares revealed the capabilities of these platforms, strongly indicating that they will mark the end of range anxiety for customers.
The STLA Small for A, B, and C entry products will do more than 500 km of range, the STLA Medium will deliver more than 700 km of range, and the STLA Large will deliver more than 800 km of range. Those platforms are sized to deliver no less than those numbers that they’ve just mentioned, which will address what we call the range-anxiety issue of electrified vehicles. On the STLA Frame, we will have no less than 500 km of range.Carlos Tavares, CEO, Stellantis (Stellantis Annual General Meeting 2021)
|STLA Platform Version||Car Segment||Release Date|
|STLA Small||A B & C||2026|
|STLA Medium||C & D||2023|
|STLA Large||D & E||2023|
|STLA Frame||E & F (SUVs and pickup trucks only)||2024|
The arrival of the STLA platforms will mark the end of Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio platform that underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio D-segment models. “We are working on the Large platform of Stellantis, and we will no longer use the Giorgio,” Jean-Philippe Imparato, CEO, Alfa Romeo, said last month, as per a report from Forbes. The multi-billion-euro rear-wheel-drive platform doesn’t support electrification, which is probably the reason for the phase-out after a short life and just two models.
Stellantis will announce new details about its electric vehicle strategy on the Stellantis Electrification Day scheduled on July 8 and perhaps show a couple of teasers. We will continue updating this story as and when new information emerges.
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