Fiat Chrysler Gains Partners to Help Ease Europeans Into Greener Cars
Fiat Chrysler is no stranger to paying the piper when it comes to its less-than-stellar fleetwide emissions, with steep fines and pricey regularly credit deals keeping the automaker’s accountants busy on both sides of the Atlantic.
Some sort of relief is on the way in the form of a $10 billion electrification plan, the results of which will see 17 electrified (electric, plug-in hybrid) models enter the fray by 2022. That’s the intent, anyway. To give the looming crop of green Fiats and Jeeps a better chance of success, FCA has partnered with a pair of European utilities — providing customers with a way of fueling their vehicles.
According to the automaker, the pact with Enel X and ENGIE will mean “FCA dealers will be able to offer innovative charging solutions and services to retail and business customers,” adding, “This initiative also includes research and testing of new technologies to reduce the total cost of ownership of electrified vehicles.”
The partnership with Enel X covers the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese markets, while ENGIE will collaborate with FCA in 14 other European markets. With these companies on board, FCA believes it can, um, juice sales of its future fleet and reduce its dependency on paying other companies for their environmental credits.
“In addition to home charging points, customers will also be offered cost-efficient and convenient access to public charging solutions,” the automaker stated. “FCA and its partners will collaborate on the development of apps that will enable customers to locate public charging points, as well as book and pay for charging services via their vehicle’s integrated connectivity capability.”
While a full lineup of new EVs and PHEVs is on the way, the first green models to roll out of FCA’s five-year product plan are the revamped Fiat 500 EV and the plug-in Jeep Renegade and Compass. The two Jeeps are said to offer up to 31 miles of gas-free driving on the WLTP test cycle.
As revealed earlier this year, FCA expects to spend $2.7 billion between 2018 and 2022 as a result of its excess fleet emissions. Some $2 billion of that amount will go to Tesla, which does a roaring business with its ample supply of credits. FCA isn’t the only customer.
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