Stellantis and Qinomic are partnering to create a proof of concept that can change internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles. Qinomic is a company specializing in solutions for mobility and a major retrofitting equipment manufacturer. The OEM and quality and specifications like durability, type approval, and safety are ensured.
Extending vehicle life and usage is at the heart of the Stellantis Circular Economy Business Unit, which is leading the initiative in collaboration with the Commercial Vehicle Business Unit and the Stellantis Ventures Studio. Stellantis Senior Vice President, Circular Economy Business Unit, Alison Jones said, “This innovation gives our professional customers the choice to convert their current vans to electric, extend their vehicle’s life, and meet legislative and mobility requirements.”
The electric retrofit solution aims to protect freedom of mobility with an affordable option that meets customer needs to extend the life of their vehicles and continue business activities while accessing low emissions zones (LEZ) in cities. According to the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) Urban Mobility Report, the number of LEZ zones in Europe increased by 40% in the last three years and will continue to increase as part of the enforcement of urban vehicle access regulations. The driver for this increase is the European Green Deal plan, aimed at encouraging the transition to cleaner vehicles and cleaner mobility.
Electric retrofitting is both a sustainable and affordable solution for customers willing to switch to zero emissions and reduce their total cost of ownership while keeping their vehicles. Stellantis Senior Vice President, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Xavier Peugeot said, “Retrofitting technology will reinforce Stellantis’ leadership in zero-emission mobility solutions for professional customers, complementing our full electrified van range.”
Successful completion of this joint development in 2023 and positive customer feedback on the demo cars’ performance will lead to implementation and commercialization starting in France in 2024. Stellantis Vice President, Enlarged Europe Light Commercial vehicles, “In a market boosted by last-mile demand, city access restrictions will soon require recent LCV owners to look for a solution to convert to zero emissions. Retrofitting technology like this will enable Stellantis to support this trend.”
Electrification is creatively being implemented to not just transform the industry but also turn ICE vehicles into EVs. The technology development needs to be on par with the requirements. The transition to electrification is being ramped up with research and other such developments. Also, the battery recycling processes are increasing.