New Delhi: Automotive manufacturer Stellantis today announced that it has invested EUR 33 million in two of its global testing facilities to support the Company’s long-term strategy to achieve best-in-class electric vehicle (EV) performance and master the highest level of autonomous driving technology while ensuring safe and reliable technology for its customers.
According to the company, these investments, among other R&D Capex, expand Stellantis’ global capability to engineer the future of mobility, accelerate its transformation into a sustainable mobility tech company and propel the Company toward the goals of the Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan, notably a 50% reduction in carbon emissions from 2021 levels by 2030 and carbon net-zero emissions by 2038.
“Our world-class tech hubs across the globe are doing the work today that will make tomorrow’s Stellantis vehicles industry leaders in capability, performance and safety,” said Harald Wester, Chief Engineering Officer, Stellantis.
Key goals of the Stellantis Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan include reaching 100% of the passenger car BEV sales mix in Europe and 50% of passenger car and light-duty truck BEV sales mix in the United States by 2030.
The EUR 5 million in upgrades for the Orbassano Safety Center give it the capability to test all types of electrified vehicles – mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles. The facility currently runs at least two crash tests a day and is on track to test more than 275 electrified vehicles this year. Vehicles tested at Orbassano can be certified to meet more than 175 international safety and technological standards.
The new tracks are ready to accommodate future test modes related to the introduction of automated driving functions on all types of vehicles, the automaker stated.
Aerodynamic efficiency is a crucial difference-maker in the drive to optimize the distances electrified vehicles can travel on a single charge, Stellantis said. That requires simulating the real driving world as accurately as possible.
The existing aerodynamic test facility in Auburn Hills generates wind speeds up to 140 mph. The moving ground plane installation, part of an estimated USD 85 million commitment included in the Company’s 2019 contract with the United Auto Workers, is scheduled to become operational in 2024.
The added capability will complement the aero-acoustic wind tunnel in Auburn Hills as part of a global network of leading-edge centers also equipped with moving ground plane technology, including two facilities in Europe, the company said.