Stellantis has started production of electric drive systems at its former largest diesel engine plant in Trémery as part of the Emotors joint venture with Nidec. Production capacity is expected to reach more than 1 million units annually by 2024.
The first electric motor will be called M3 and has an output of 115 kW. From January 2023, it will initially be used in the new DS 3 E-Tense, Peugeot e-308, Jeep Avenger, Opel Mokka Electric, and Astra Electric.
“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,” said Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares in a comment.
Partnering with Octopus Energy
Stellantis has also announced a new partnership with Octopus Energy in the UK to improve the electric vehicle charging experience for customers across the entire United Kingdom.
While the Octopus partnership is already available to Vauxhall customers, it has now been expanded to include Stellantis companies Citroën, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Jeep, and Peugeot brands, with access to a range of benefits for electric car and van drivers.
Through Octopus Energy, drivers gain access to more than 330 000 public charge points across the UK and Europe, made easy through one single payment card and app, as well as access to new smart energy tariffs.
The new partnership with Octopus Energy also allows customers to opt for the installation of an Ohme wall box charger for their homes that is linked to the flexible charging tariff, Intelligent Octopus. This is designed to provide drivers with access to an energy tariff that suits their driving habits.
The Octopus Intelligent tariff provides electricity from entirely renewable sources. Since electricity is cheaper when demand is lower and/or intermittent renewables supply is high, the Intelligent Octopus system offers customers cheaper rates for particular times, with a guaranteed lower rate per kWh during the off-peak period between 11:30 pm and 5:30 am.
Octopus Energy has also forged cooperations with other network operators. Its users have access to public charging networks in the UK and across Europe with the Electrocard, which includes networks from Mer, Ionity, Shell Recharge, Osprey, Fastned, and Ubitricity.