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Stellantis negotiates with the Government the assignment of the STLA Small electric platform to its Spanish factories

The Stellantis group is negotiating with the Government the award of new electric models for its Spanish plants, located in ballads (Pontevedra), figueruelas (Zaragoza) and villaverde (Madrid). The talks would currently be focused on the conditions to receive the corresponding state aid.

Today, Stellantis manufactures electric vehicles in all its Spanish factories. Balaídos assembles the Peugeot e-2008 and the vans K9 (Citroën ë-Berlingo, FIAT E-Doblò, Opel Combo-e, Peugeot e-Rifter/e-Partner, Toyota Proace City Electric), Figueruelas on Opel Corsa-e (which will be joined in the short term by the Lancia Ypsilon and the Peugeot e-208) and Villaverde Citroen ë-C4 and ë-C4 X.

All these models (with the exception of the commercial ones) are based on the eCMP platform, which will be replaced in the short term by the new one STLA Small, developed from the ground up for electric vehicles. Apparently, the group would intend to bring this architecture to its Spanish factories, leaving the platform low cost Smart Car to countries with lower labor costs such as Slovakia, Morocco or Serbia, and the most expensive STLA Medium and STLA Large to regions such as Germany, France or Italy.

Stellantis is the main car producer in Spain, ahead of heavyweights such as Ford, Renault or Volkswagen. Last year, the company manufactured approximately 850,000 vehicles (113,000 electric) at its local facilities, most of them in Balaídos (404,000 units) and Figueruelas (365,000 units), as the Villaverde plant (82,000 units) is smaller.

Battery assembly at the Figueruelas factory (Stellantis)

Stellantis negotiates the conditions to benefit from PERTE VEC aid

The conglomerate already received an allocation of 67 million euros in the first round of the PERTE (Strategic Projects for Economic Recovery and Transformation) of the Electric and Connected Vehiclean amount that should increase notably in the second call to proceed with the allocation of the STLA Small platform.

Although this architecture will debut with the next FIAT 500 (2026), it is confirmed that this model will continue to be made in Mirafiori (Italy). Therefore, we can expect that the first Spanish models to use it will be the next Opel Corsa Electric and Peugeot e-208 and e-2008, whose new generations should also debut throughout the year 2026.

The STLA Small will cover segments A (urban), B (utility) and C (compact); that is to say, cars between 3.5 and 4.35 meters long. Its batteries will have between 32 and 82 kWh of capacity, and its maximum range will be 500 km WLTP.

Source | Automotive News Europe

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