On June 27, Stellantis launched a “Charging & Energy” business unit to make keeping electric vehicles on the road easier and cash in on an expanding service range around greener mobility.
The effort will offer a platform, Free2move Charging, to provide customers with services, including access to over 500,000 charging points in Europe through partners by the end of the year. The company said, “Insufficient charging networks across the industry have created ‘charging anxiety’ for all EV owners.”
However, the world’s third-largest automaker sales have reiterated that it must evaluate Tesla’s charging standard after competitors like Ford and GM adopted deals in North America.
Ricardo Stamatti, senior vice president of the brand-new Charging & Energy Business Unit, states, “Major investments will be significant. Utilities, retailers, hardware manufacturers, and energy firms will be among the primary partners we are looking to work with.”
However, by 2030, battery EVs will account for 50% of sales of light-duty trucks and passenger cars in the U.S. and 100% of sales of passenger cars in Europe under the brands of Stellantis, which also owns Jeep, Ram, Peugeot, Fiat, and Opel.
For private Stellantis brand customers, the Free2move Charge “ecosystem” will provide additional services, such as assistance with setting up a home charging station and for businesses.” The carmaker also claimed it would give users access to a network of free charging stations “through partners” in Europe, the United States, and other to-be-announced regions.
More details will be provided throughout the year, including the business units’ financial targets.