Published on February 2nd, 2021 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Stellantis Will Have 39 Electrified Vehicles By 2021
For Malaysians it will start with new battery powered Peugeots from Stellantis.
By now you should know that Stellantis is the name of the automotive group which was formed very recently with the combination of the FIAT Chrysler Group and the PSA Group. This is now the fourth largest automotive group in the world.
For the tree-hugger and the clean air environmentalist in Malaysia, this signals the possible arrival of affordable battery powered vehicles for middle and lower middle class Malaysians.
Fiat has not been represented in Malaysia for almost 12 years and this is good opportunity for Stellantis to set-up a regional office in Malaysia looking after ASEAN. The all-new Fiat 500 which was launched in March 2020 will make a good market introduction for the brand with its 42-kWh lithium-ion battery and an 85-kW fast charger.
With an output of 87 kW, this new 500 delivers acceleration from 0-62 mph in 9.0 seconds and 0-31 mph in only 3.1 seconds. This new 500 offers level 2 autonomous driving that includes intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (iACC) and Lane Centering.
Jeep in Malaysia after its official departure in 2018 is now represented by a private importer and with the 2020 model Jeep Wrangler 4xe and Compass 4xe models carrying small capacity petrol engines with hybrid powertrains, Stellantis should be able to attract enough attention to the brand.
The Wrangler 4xe’s plug-in hybrid powertrain is capable of up to 25 miles of nearly silent, zero-emission, electric-only propulsion, making it commuter friendly as an all-electric daily driver without range anxiety and the most capable and eco-friendly Jeep vehicle off-road, combined with the open-air freedom that only Jeep Wrangler offers.
Lets not forget the award winning Peugeot e-208. Now with a new brand guardian in Malaysia, Berjaya Auto Alliance, there could be local assembly for this fully electric Peugeot compact hatch which features a 50kWh battery connected to a 100kW (136hp) electric motor which is capable of providing a driving distance of up to 217 miles WLTP from a single charge.
Supporting up to 100kW rapid charging, an 80 per cent charge can be completed in just 30 minutes (please check charging system needed for this) which makes it an ideal vehicle for middle class Malaysians to embrace battery powered motoring.
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