FCA – Diesels Out, Plug-In Hybrids In, BEVs Too


The corporation’s brands will focus on electrification, instead.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ newly announced five-year plan puts a major focus on electrifying all of the corporation’s brands, either by offering fully electric powertrains or hybrids – including plug-ins. As part of this transformation, the company also intends to drop diesel engine options from its entire European lineup by 2021. Sergio Marchionne doesn’t believe there’s a bright future for the technology because of emissions regulations, according to Automotive News.

Each FCA brand will take on the electrification challenge slightly differently. Fiat will launch a new generation of the 500e, and there will even be a Giardiniera wagon version. In addition, the 500X and 500L will get hybrid powertrains.

In Europe, Jeep will offer eight plug-in hybrids and five mild hybrids by 2022, and every model will be available with some form of electrification. A joint venture in China will also result in four fully electric vehicles for that market. It’s not yet clear how many of these powertrains might eventually be available in the United States.

Maserati will go even further. It’ll offer fully electric versions of the Levante, Quattroporte, and forthcoming Alfieri. The three of them will share a three-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain with torque vectoring. There will also be plug-in hybrid variants of the Levante, Quattroporte, and new D-segment crossover.

Alfa Romeo will focus on plug-in hybrids by introducing six of them by 2022. Plus, the new 8C will feature a mid-mounted biturbo gasoline engine and an an electrified front axle for a total of more than 700 horsepower (522 kilowatts)

Even Ram gets in on the act with the mild-hybrid powertrains for the latest 1500 pickup.

Source: Automotive News

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14 Comments on "FCA – Diesels Out, Plug-In Hybrids In, BEVs Too"

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Charge of the light brigade

Okay people can i make a recommendation. As long as we can make enough batteries why oh why do we need plug in hybrid vehicles. For too long ev advocates have placated existing OEMs and existing Tier one suppliers by saying oh well i suppose 30 ev miles is better than nothing. Regardless of the additional complexity of having an ice engine on board and the myriad of extra bits you need too. First principal physics tells you what you need to know. They only (in the main) give us 30 miles as they know if it was any more then ice engine would not get used and this is very bad for ice engines. Pure bev please nothing else will do from here on in. MARCHIONE RESIGN YOU ARE A DINASOUR. RANT OVER

Well, we can’t make enough batteries and will not be able to for the next decade or so. So bring on the PHEVs.

Charge of the light brigade

You may be right.

Oh boy.. another BEV purist. Well, I think this has been hashed about before. But just to answer your question, PHEVs have numerous advantages over BEVs.. Let’s name a few: 1) Unlimited range – You may not care. You may live in an area full of charging infrastructure. Most of the country does not. 2) Lower cost – Adding 30 miles of battery to an existing ICE platform is cheaper than adding hundreds of miles worth. 3) Profit – It’s easier to convert a popular ICE vehicle to a PHEV and actually make a profit than it is to build a dedicated platform and sell 20,000 of them per year. 4) Customer acceptance – Regular car customers are much more likely to accept this step towards electrification where they have the option to still run on gas like they’ve been used to for decades, again, especially in areas where charging infrastructure is scarce. 5) Selection Choice – An auto-maker can add PHEV to many different models, like BMW has done, for similar development expense as creating 1 single dedicated model. Thus, giving customers more choice today for a plug-in vehicle. 6) Battery shortage – Truth is, you can build 7… Read more »

Getting back to the article, this bowing to the inevitable sure makes Sergio look like an idiot for his previous anti-EV ravings.

Of course he is not the only flat-farther in the laggard, legacy OEMs that has been trying to ignore or slow-walk the transition, there are many more unfortunately.

Bang on. The charging infrastructure is decades away from full coverage.
Even with 800km range in my F150 loaded with adventure gear, we still pack jerry cans of gas because even the well established petroleum refuelling network doesn’t have enough coverage to do without.

The gas infrastructure only had about a century to get were they are at. I bet the electric will take less than a quarter of that.

“Lower cost”
Aren’t you the guy that drives the rexes? Didn’t they tell you the bev version is about $5k cheaper?

Your assertion that hybrids are signifantly more complex may not be so true anymore.

If you look at the Pacifica (there is a great transmission tear down video on YouTube) the dual motor single planet hybrid transmission is significantly less complex and has far fewer parts than the 9 speed in the ICE version, not to mention no torque converter or starter motor.

Aside from the battery, an argument could be made that a modern hybrid powertrain could actually cost less to build than the ICE powertrain.

You have to be fricken kidding me right?
2 totally different propulsion systems and energy storage there dude, mashed together, you’re trying to say it’s no more complicated than the simple ICE?
Fikin just plain dumb.

Well they’re not “totally different”, the components are actually highly integrated and cost reduced. Take a good look at the tear down video…

What about weight? You have, in addition to the usual ICE components, a battery, an inverter, and so on.

That’s right, the extra cost is the battery. Putting that aside, rest of it nets out or actually costs less, based on the hybrid transmission simplicity because many ICE only parts are eliminated – multiple planet gear sets, hydraulics, torque converter, starter motor….

Marchionne is returning this year.