Opel will be purely electric in 2028, four platforms for 14 brands

The multinational group presented its electrification strategy on a day of action. Accordingly, he takes 30 billion euros in hand to take on several leadership roles.

The management around CEO Carlos Tavares has extensive plans to realign Stellantis and the 14 car brands announced at the company’s own “EV Day”. They are intended to enable the automotive multinational to achieve “sustainable, double-digit operating profit margins” in the medium term. But first he wants to spend money. Investments of more than 30 billion euros should put it in pole position in several segments. “Iconic vehicles” promises Tavares in the press release to the event. They should have the properties to fit seamlessly into daily life. The The complete stream is available online as a YouTube video.

The goal: market leader in “low-emission” vehicles

By 2030, 70 percent of the models offered in Europe should be low-emission vehicles (LEV). In the USA, the target figure for cars and light commercial vehicles is 40 percent. Overall, Stellantis is striving for market leadership in the LEV sector. The announced investments, in which the joint ventures are explicitly included, should be 30 percent more efficient in relation to sales than the industry average. Stellantis also wants to become the world leader in electric commercial vehicles. Their electrification is to be extended to all products and regions over the next three years. The delivery of medium-weight transports with fireplace insert technology will start at the end of 2021.

Five gigafactories in Europe and the USA

The group plans to need 130 gigawatt hours of battery capacity by 2015, and more than 260 gigawatt hours by 2030. The group plans to cover this huge demand with five large battery plants. After Kaiserslautern and Douvrin (France), Tavares revealed a third location: the engine plant in Termoli (Italy) is being converted by subsidiary ACC for this purpose. This supply is flanked by additional supply contracts and partnerships. The management identified lithium as a critical raw material and secured the delivery through contracts with two lithium geothermal brine process partners. In addition, work is being carried out on reducing the production costs for the energy storage system. Stellantis plans to reduce costs by 40 percent by 2024 and by a further 20 percent by 2030. The lifecycles of the batteries are maximized through repair, reprocessing, second-life use and recycling, thus meeting the desire for sustainability.

The Stellantis subsidiary ACC can only partially cope with the increasing battery requirements on its own. (Screenshot: Stellantis / t3n)

Four platforms for 14 brands

Stellantis wants to electrify 98 percent of the models. For this purpose, the engineers have developed four pure electric platforms that are supposed to offer a “leading” fast charging capability of 32 kilometers per minute. STLA Small designed the company for small cars and with a range of up to 500 kilometers. The output ranges from 37 to 82 kilowatt hours. The medium variant should bring the vehicles up to 700 kilometers and is designed for 87 to 104 kilowatt hours. For Large, Stellantis specifies up to 800 kilometers. It is intended for vehicles up to 5.5 meters long and two meters wide with up to 118 kilowatt hours. The 800 range also applies to STLA Frame, the platform for large pickups and delivery vehicles. They should be able to manage the cars even when heavily loaded, which is why battery packs between 159 and 200 kilowatt hours are planned here.

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Four platforms are to cover all vehicle types in the group. (Screenshot: Stellantis / t3n)

Two cell chemistries and solid-state batteries from 2026

The group would also like to achieve the planned cost savings through cell chemistry. For inexpensive models, he provides a lithium-iron-manganese technology that works without nickel and cobalt. He specifies their energy density as 400 to 500 watt hours per liter. Using the cell-to-pack approach, they move into cars without modules.

The second cell chemistry is based on a nickel-manganese cathode and should achieve 600 to 700 watt hours per liter. They will initially be included in the products in the form of modules; Stellantis is not planning a cell-to-pack version until 2026. At the same time, according to the plan, solid-state batteries will move into series vehicles. They too should come from the company’s own gigafactories – the event didn’t reveal more about them.

Platforms and drives overlap in order to offer better combination options. (Screenshot: Stellantis / t3n)

Three drives and lots of synergy

The plan provides for a modular system with three different drives in the future. He intended EDM1 (EDM: Electric Drive Module) for entry-level vehicles. The unit provides 70 kilowatts and is intended for the STLA Small platform. The big brother EDM2 has a bandwidth of 125 to 180 kilowatts and can be combined with the battery platforms as required. EDM3 is the only drive train that works with 800-volt technology and, depending on the configuration, offers between 150 and 330 kilowatts. The concept foresees its place in the medium, large and frame platforms. All modules should be suitable for front, rear, all-wheel or hybrid drive. In addition, the group showed the new standard inverter for all series. It is designed for 350 kilowatts and can handle currents of up to 750 amperes. Two inverters can be used on all-wheel drive models. Stellantis emphasizes the efficiency of the modular system and the high synergy effects for all brands. However, the software and controls remain with the companies so that they can retain their brand essence. They should be kept up-to-date via over-the-air updates.

Opel is going electric and is orienting itself towards China

Opel is expected to become a purely electric brand by 2028. The German subsidiary plans to enter the Chinese market with fully electric models. Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller also announced in a video clip that the Manta-E would be launched as an electric car. That had already worked through the Prototypes Manta GSe initiated. The new model should appear in 2025. Other manufacturers also had their own circuits to explain specific implementations.

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