Commercial vehicles are essential for our economy and society. They transport goods, deliver services, and support various industries. However, they also have a significant environmental impact, as they consume large amounts of fossil fuels and emit greenhouse gases. Many governments, businesses, and consumers are looking for cleaner and greener alternatives to power these vehicles.
One of the most promising solutions is electric commercial vehicles (ECVs), which run on electricity instead of diesel or gasoline. ECVs offer many benefits, such as lower operating costs, reduced noise pollution, and zero tailpipe emissions. They also have fewer moving parts and require less maintenance than conventional vehicles.
However, not all automakers are equally prepared for the transition to ECVs. Some are lagging behind, while others are leading the way. One of the latter is Stellantis, the global automaker formed by the merger of Fiat Chrysler and PSA Group in 2021. Stellantis has a strong presence in the zero-emission commercial vehicle segment, which includes electric vans, pickups, trucks, buses, and chassis cabs.
According to its latest report, Stellantis sold more than 30,000 ECVs in Europe in the first half of 2021, achieving a market share of 41.2 percent. This makes it the undisputed leader in this segment, ahead of its competitors such as Volkswagen, Renault, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz.
How did Stellantis achieve this remarkable feat? And what are its plans for the future? Let’s take a closer look at the factors that make Stellantis a dominant force in the ECV market.
A diverse and competitive portfolio
One of the key strengths of Stellantis is its diverse and competitive portfolio of ECV models, which cover all segments from small to large. The company has 14 ECV models on the market in Europe, offering various battery sizes, payloads, driving ranges, and configurations. This allows it to meet different customer needs and use cases, from urban delivery to long-haul transportation.
Some of the most popular ECV models from Stellantis include:
- The Peugeot e-Expert, the Citroën ë-Jumpy, and the Opel Vivaro-e are medium-sized electric vans that can carry up to 1,275 kg of payload and travel up to 330 km on a single charge. They have won several awards for their innovation, efficiency, and practicality, such as the International Van of the Year 2021.
- The Fiat E-Ducato is a large electric van that can carry up to 1,950 kg of payload and travel up to 280 km on a single charge. It is designed for professional services and last-mile logistics, with a modular battery system that can be customized according to the customer’s needs.
- The Peugeot e-Boxer and the Citroën ë-Jumper, are also large electric vans that can carry up to 1,890 kg of payload and travel up to 340 km on a single charge. They are suitable for various applications, such as construction, catering, or emergency services.
- The Fiat Professional E-Ducato Chassis Cab is an electric chassis cab that can be fitted with different bodies and equipment according to the customer’s requirements. It can carry up to 1,885 kg of payload and travel up to 280 km on a single charge. It is ideal for urban delivery or special services.
These ECV models are not only attractive for their performance and versatility but also for their affordability. Stellantis offers competitive prices and incentives for its ECV customers, such as subsidies, tax breaks, or free charging stations. The company also claims that its ECVs have lower total cost of ownership than conventional vehicles, thanks to lower fuel costs, maintenance costs, and taxes.
A comprehensive ecosystem of services and solutions
Another factor that sets Stellantis apart from its rivals is its comprehensive ecosystem of services and solutions that support its ECV customers throughout their journey. Stellantis understands that buying an ECV is not just a one-time transaction but a long-term relationship that requires ongoing assistance and guidance.
That’s why Stellantis offers a range of services and solutions for its ECV customers, such as:
- Dedicated financing, leasing, and insurance options are tailored to the specific needs and preferences of ECV customers.
- Maintenance and warranty packages cover the regular servicing and repairs of the ECVs, as well as the battery replacement or upgrade.
- Charging solutions include access to over 200,000 public charging points across Europe and the installation of private or semi-public charging stations at the customer’s premises or workplace.
- Connectivity and mobility services include remote monitoring and control of the ECVs, fleet management and optimization tools, and access to car-sharing or rental platforms.
Stellantis also offers a network of over 400 certified business centers across Europe, where ECV customers can receive expert advice, test drive vehicles, and access after-sales service. These business centers are staffed by trained, qualified professionals who can provide technical support and customer care for the ECVs.
A clear vision and ambition for the future
The third factor that makes Stellantis a leader in the ECV market is its clear vision and ambition for the future. Stellantis is not resting on its laurels but rather investing in new technologies, products, and markets to further expand its position in the zero-emission commercial vehicle segment.
Stellantis plans to launch more ECV models in the near future, such as:
- The Ram 1500 Electric will be a full-size electric pickup truck for the North American market. It will compete with other electric pickups such as the Ford F-150 Lightning, the Tesla Cybertruck, and the GMC Hummer EV.
- The Peugeot e-Partner and the Citroën ë-Berlingo will be small electric vans for the European market. They will have a payload of up to 800 kg and a range of up to 275 km.
- The Fiat E-Doblò will be a medium electric van for the Turkish market. It will have a payload of up to 750 kg and a range of up to 280 km.
Stellantis also aims to offer an electrified version of its commercial vehicle models by 2025 and achieve a market share of over 30 percent in electric light commercial vehicles in Europe by 2030. The company is committed to developing innovative solutions for electrification, such as modular battery systems, wireless charging, hydrogen fuel cells, and autonomous driving.
Stellantis is clearly ahead of the curve when it comes to electric commercial vehicles. The company has leveraged its expertise, scale, and diversity to create a compelling value proposition for its customers, who are increasingly looking for sustainable mobility solutions. As the demand for electric commercial vehicles grows around the world, Stellantis is well-positioned to capitalize on this opportunity and drive its growth and profitability.
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