French producer DS Automobiles will mark its reinvention as an electric-only mannequin in 2024 with a model new full electrical mannequin of the DS Four hatchback and its first bespoke electrical model.
The company confirmed earlier this 12 months 12 months will swap to a completely electrical worldwide line-up in 2024, one 12 months ahead of initially deliberate and 4 years ahead of completely different Stellantis-owned producers.
DS has revealed that it’s going to launch a model new EV mannequin of the not too way back revealed DS 4 – presently on the market in plug-in hybrid form – in 2024. That model may even be joined by the company’s first electric-only model, which might even be the first bespoke EV constructed on Stellantis’s STLA MEDIUM platform.
That construction is designed for C- and D-segment autos, although DS has however to aspect what form the model new model will take. Nevertheless, it has confirmed plans for the model new machine to operate a “high-capacity battery with as much as 104kWh” of functionality, which is claims will allow for a variety of higher than 400 miles.
DS boss Beatrice Foucher known as the selection to make the mannequin all-electric by 2024 “a daring plan.” She added: “The automobile trade is experiencing a change whose breadth and pace are unprecedented. As a pioneer, DS Cars has anticipated this transfer, with electrification on the centre of its technique.”
The EV-only switch had been hinted at not too way back by Jules Tilstone, managing director of DS UK. After Stellantis launched its half-year outcomes, by which the group launched all segments have been in income, with a median 11.4% margin, he tweeted: “It’s been a turbulent time for the automotive commerce, nevertheless good to see the Stellantis teams pulling collectively to ship such a unbelievable end result.
“We’ve additionally introduced that from 2024 all new fashions from DS can be launched as full electrical solely.”
The company initially launched it would switch to electric-only from 2025, whereas completely different Stellantis-owned producers along with Vauxhall-Opel will begin to modify from 2028.
DS presently has plenty of electrified fashions on sale, along with the all-electric DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, with the DS 3, DS 7 and DS 9 fashions all equipped with plug-in hybrid vitality. Current combustion fashions will see out their lifecycle as scheduled previous the 2024 date.
“Our ambition could be very clear: for DS to be among the many international leaders in electrified automobiles in its phase,” acknowledged DS’s then CEO, Yves Bonnefont, in 2018. Present CEO Béatrice Foucher beforehand acknowledged she was “not pleased” with the mannequin’s product sales effectivity throughout the UK, nevertheless was assured new fashions could current a springboard proper right into a “very giant and aggressive” premium market.
Stellantis is pressing ahead with an accelerated EV approach, with plans to launch 11 battery-electric autos and 10 plug-in hybrid autos over the following 24 months.