Stellantis is upgrading a factory in Serbia to produce electric cars

Stellantis has announced plans to build electric cars in Serbia in the future. According to the group, production of a new electric compact model will begin at the Stellantis plant in Kragujevac from mid-2024, replacing the Fiat 500L minivan.

In the statement, Stylantis said another electric model could be added at a later date. Given the plans of the electric group in Europe, it is not surprising that more factories will be making electric cars in the future or are converting to do so. It is said that the Fiat brand, whose production in Kragujevac is a priority, will become a pure BEV brand in Europe from 2027.

Stellantis does not currently provide any specific details about the planned model – such as the platform. However, Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, stated that “the new electric vehicle platform fits perfectly with products in sectors A, B and C”. So it’s not likely the e-CMP will be as a hybrid or small car platform for the new Fiat 500, but rather the STLA Small for this segment group.

According to media reports, the electric successor to the Fiat Panda could roll off the production line in Kragujevac. Being a slightly taller vehicle compared to the Fiat 500, the Electric Panda will also fit the STLA Small – the similarities to the 500L, which apart from the name and some design elements, are much larger than the popular small car.

The Serbian state, which owns 33 percent of the plant, is involved in the conversion. The company and the government signed a contract this week worth 190 million euros – of which the state contributes 48 million euros. With its factory, Stellantis is one of the ten largest exporters in Serbia. “Today marks the beginning of a new era,” said Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

Vucic went on to say, according to Reuters, that Serbia will have to open several charging stations in the coming years in order to attract domestic buyers of electric cars as well. To do this, he said, the country must also adopt a new energy strategy. “We have to secure cheaper electricity and have more renewable energies for it,” Vucic said.

reuters.com, autonews.com, stellantis.com (in Serbian)

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