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Let’s Go Chrysler Electric!

“In addition, during the quarter we continued to lay the foundation for future competitiveness and regulatory compliance. That includes securing local community support for the new Mack Avenue assembly plant in Detroit (Michigan). It will produce the next generation Jeep Grand Cherokee and an all-new 3-row full-size Jeep SUV; confirming investment in the Mirafiori plant in Turin (Italy) to produce the all-new battery electric Fiat 500; and adding key agreements with Enel X and ENGIE to a growing network of technology partners.” – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles 

March 25, 2019 – Jeep presents the new Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) at the Geneva International Motor Show. “We’re writing a whole new chapter in the Jeep story. These are the first of a new generation of vehicles, designed for a new generation of drivers,” said Jeff Hines, Head of Jeep® Brand EMEA at the motor show.

These new Jeeps are all about innovative ideas in sustainable mobility and respect for the environment. All without sacrificing the performance or true spirit of the brand. Not to mention, the benefits these new vehicles bring to everyone.

Professional and green

Moreover, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, (FCA) unveils its first professional electric model to the international media. The vehicle will be at Fiat and Fiat Professional showrooms in 2020. So let’s say it folks Chrysler electric!

Developed and designed to the FCA Group’s most advanced quality standards, it’s available in all body variants with the same load volumes as the conventional Ducato, from 10m3to 17m3, and the best payload on the market, up to 1,950 kg. Ducato Electric will offer a choice of battery options for a total range of 220 to 360 km (NEDC cycle). Maximum power of 90 kW and maximum torque of 280 Nm.

Its development is the outcome of in-depth analysis of commercial vehicle data. Not to mention, the various mission types and partnerships with major customers. All of which are aiming towards made-to-measure solutions that adapt payload and performance to the different demands of professional use. And, with no half measures: 100% Ducato, 100% Electric.

All new all-electric BEV

During the event dedicated to the new Ducato MY2020, the Fiat Professional brand gave the world its very first glimpse of the Ducato Electric. An all-electric BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) version which will go on sale in 2020. They are teaming up with natural gas-Ducato Natural Power, to complete alternative fuel offering.

Ducato Moreover, the new Ducato succeeds in its attempt to improve itself along an evolutionary path that hasn’t stopped for almost forty years. It’s eco-friendly, has excellent performance and a focus on TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). All of which are strong responses to the different needs of every professional mission. As well as the most extensive range for an “all forward” vehicle. The Ducato is sophisticated, recognizable in style and made with cutting-edge technology.

This same thinking underlines Ducato Electric. The first full-electric Fiat Professional model designed and developed according to the FCA Group’s most advanced quality standards.

Designing the Ducato Electric

The Ducato Electric has been developed from a specific and detailed study of customers’ real vehicle use. The data confirmed that more than 25% of the market already has a “BEV Attitude” in terms of use, routes, dynamics and performance. Therefore, ready and waiting for a mobility change.

It’s important to consider the growth in online commerce, home ready-to-eat food deliveries and even the widespread need to ensure access to city centers. Therefore, professionals who work in specific business areas are projected to be early adopters of this technology.

The customers interested in electric mobility today are the same ones who, due to their specific mission types, and therefore by necessity, give particular importance to TCO. Generally, they have a low level of route variability and a high number of days of use per year. But fairly low daily mileages.

As with innovative spirit, the Ducato Electric is supported by pro-active cooperation with the customer. Such as pilot projects involving large industry players to fully exploit all their knowledge base and identify specific use. With this approach, Fiat Professional intends to offer complete electric mobility solutions based on the study of energy needs. They will not only cover every single mission, but offer solutions ranging from vehicles to infrastructure. Above all, not forgetting any aspect of the whole world of services increasingly required by today’s new, constantly evolving mobility scenarios.

100% Electric

So, in addition to offering a complete range of versions, Ducato Electric will also feature modular battery size options. They range from 220 to 360 km (NEDC cycle) with different charging configurations. And, all combined with impressive performances such as speed limited to 100 km/h to optimize energy use, maximum power of 90 kW and maximum torque of 280 Nm.

What’s more, the new electric power plant does not penalize Ducato’s strong point: best-in-class load volumes from 10 to 17 m3, and a payload of up to 1,950 kg which is the best in its category.

In all, Fiat Professional has effectively exploited its technological heritage to develop the electric version of its best seller. They strive to meet the needs of every professional user by delivering innovation, performance and flexibility. A way of working in line with the Ducato mantra of “more technology, more efficiency, more value.” All to offer customers the “zero emissions” version of the most efficient, versatile van on the market.

The new Ducato Electric is a vehicle with no half-measures: 100% Ducato, 100% Electric. It will therefore be Fiat Professional’s key product in the field of electric mobility. Especially as it transitions from the traditional “choice of vehicle” to the “choice of mobility.”  Consequently, the purchase decision switches from Total Cost of Ownership to Total Cost of Mobility.

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