FCA Selects the Cellular Connectivity Solution of Transatel (NTT Group) in Europe for its Global Connected Vehicle “Ecosystem”
For FCA, the initiative with Transatel falls under the scope of the new global "ecosystem" for connected vehicles, announced last April, which will improve the online functions of its vehicles all over the world.
The technical solution will guarantee coverage on all next-generation FCA vehicles in all 28 countries of the EU and in the EFTA regions, regardless of the local Mobile Operator, thanks to the use of Transatel (NTT Group) as MVNO, Mobile Virtual Network Operator.
FCA Italy announced today that it has chosen Transatel's architecture to provide universal 4G connectivity and a comprehensive connectivity management platform in all 28 countries of the EU and EFTA. The solution will also support 5G as soon as the technology becomes available on the automotive market.
Global connectivity will be native to the vehicles, as eSIMs are soldered into the vehicle at first mount. The connectivity will enable users to benefit from an array of services ranging from car-centric telematics applications and Over The Air software updates, to passenger-centric, high-usage data applications such as infotainment and Wi-Fi on board. It will also provide emergency calls to comply with European regulations. These can be generated both by the driver pressing a button and also automatically by the vehicle, in case the air-bags open.
For FCA, the initiative announced today falls under the scope of the new global "ecosystem" for connected vehicles, announced last April, which will improve the online functions of its vehicles all over the world. Indeed, in addition to offering the ideal technical environment for electric vehicles, the platform will also support the full range of services for FCA mobility, including rate-per-kilometre options, insurance policies based on the effective use of the vehicle, short, medium and long-term car rental and peer-to-peer car-sharing solutions.
Transatel started working for FCA group over a year ago, as cellular provider for the on-board telematics unit Mopar Connect.
Gilberto Ceresa, Head of the Global Connectivity Team of FCA and Head of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) of the EMEA region of FCA commented: "The collaboration with Transatel will guarantee that FCA customers can drive their vehicle in all EU28 + EFTA countries, keeping them constantly and seamlessly connected and leveraging, among others, infotainment and road assistance services provided by the connected eco-system that we are developing globally with Samsung/Harman and Google".
Jacques Bonifay, Transatel CEO, said: "Transatel connects a great variety of 'objects': from aircraft, motorcycles, trucks and cranes, through to laptops, tablets, and security cameras. We are thrilled that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles selected Transatel to connect their beautifully designed, trend-setting, and luxurious vehicles, and introduce the on-board Transatel Ubigi WiFi service"
About Transatel Now a member company of NTT Group, one of the largest telecom companies in the world, Transatel offers an unparalleled, eSIM-capable, cellular solution for global and secure IoT connectivity. The solution addresses the connected car, connected objects, and consumer electronics markets. Since its inception in 2000, the company has launched over 170 MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators), establishing Transatel as the leading European MVNE/A (Mobile Virtual Network Enabler/Aggregator). Having acquired expertise in Machine-to-Machine connectivity, the company easily transitioned into the Internet of Things. For more information about Transatel, please visit
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG:
"Scoring two points in our home race is a good way to say thank you for all the support we received this weekend. Antonio drove a really good race in front of his home fans and had to keep a cool head under pressure to bring home P9, repaying the faith everyone in the team has put in him. Hopefully, this result can provide further motivation for him to finish the season strongly and help the team in the standings. Sadly, Kimi didn't have as memorable a race. Coming back from a pitlane start was always going to be a tough task, but as we put the wrong tyres onto his car his hopes of points were put to an end."
Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7):
Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Fastest lap: 1:24.419
Tyres: Mediums (26 laps) - Softs (26 laps)
"Well that was a sh** weekend. First my mistake in qualifying which unfortunately meant that we had to change gearbox. Then we decided to also change engine and start from the pitlane, but we had the wrong tyres on and with the penalty my race was more or less over. Looking forward to Singapore, as it can't get worse."
Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):
Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
Fastest lap: 1:24.503
Tyres: Softs (21 laps) - Mediums (31 laps)
"It was a positive day for Italy today. I want to dedicate the two points to all the Tifosi here. I am so happy with the result, and I am also happy to see Ferrari do something very special for our country with their win. It's a great feeling to score points as the only Italian driver in my home race. Starting on softs and changing to mediums turned out to be the best strategy, but I had to do my best to keep the McLaren of Norris behind. It was a difficult race, but a lot of our work has been rewarded, especially after Spa. We have to keep working and fighting like this. I am pleased for everyone in the team and for all my fans."
The Jeep® Brand with Wanderlust 108 in city parks across Europe
The Mindful Triathlon is back featuring an host of fitness and wellness events.
From 21 September to 6 October, the Jeep® brand will be partner of Wanderlust in seven events taking place in the the parks of major European cities - Paris, Florence, Milan, Lisbon, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome.
The Jeep Lounge will be set up at each event to sample the new discipline of Surfset Yoga and test-drive the entire Jeep line-up.
The Jeep brand is a women's favorite. Over 20 percent of all Jeep customers are women who identify with the values of the American brand.
The Jeep® brand is introducing a new partnership with Wanderlust 108, the Mindful Triathlon dedicated to the world of fitness and wellness.
From September 21 to October 6, Jeep SUVs will be the stars of seven events involving the public in the parks of seven major cities in France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. The first event will be on September 21 in Paris (Parc de Saint-Cloud), followed by additional four stages in the same month - in Florence (Parco delle Cascine) on the 22nd and in Milan (Parco City Life), Lisbon (Jardins da Fundação EDP) and Barcelona (CEM Mar Bella) on the 29th - before heading to Madrid (Hipódromo de la Zarzuela) on October 5th ahead of the grand finale on October 6th in Rome (Parco Centrale del Laghetto dell'Eur).
The Wanderlust platform - a world leader in lifestyle yoga - originated in the United States and for over ten years has been taking the Mindful Triathlon to some of the most important parks worldwide with the aim of helping individuals on their way to personal wellbeing whilst remaining in touch with their surroundings, building a community around practices such as yoga and meditation to achieve mindfulness. There is a particular focus on women, who are most likely to seek harmony in the frenetic rhythms of everyday life and the most inclined to live passions and experiences with a strong emotional impact.
The Jeep brand shares the values of authenticity, passion, desire for freedom and adventure with Wanderlust, but also the affinity for the outdoors, the drive to overcome all obstacles and challenges and the sense of being part of a big family. Getting behind the wheel of a Jeep SUV means enjoying the confidence of being able to take on daily routines with peace of mind, savouring an idea of freedom that may be less extreme on city streets but is just as engaging thanks to the confidence of being able to tackle unexplored trails with the aid of legendary 4x4 capabilities, technological content and equipment for comfort and advanced safety.
Features like these make Jeep a brand highly appreciated by women with a growing customer base that now exceeds 20 percent of all buyers. It is a further demonstration of how the values of the brand are able to gain the favour of women drivers who see their Jeep SUV as an extension of their personality and uniqueness, a vehicle with which to identify and be able to successfully take on the multitude of daily engagements.
The program of each event will offer participants a day of sports and entertainment, a 5-kilometre race, yoga and meditation, as well as lectures, workshops with experts in various disciplines and experiential wellbeing activities, such as aerial yoga, acro-yoga and hooping. A Jeep Lounge will be set up in each of the locations, where guests will be invited to take part to a free lesson of the new discipline in fitness called Surfset Yoga, inspired by surfing, one of the most popular board sports in the world with which Jeep has shared values, mindsets and intents. The Jeep Lounge will also host a special Chillout area for workshops and simply relaxing. The Jeep Lounge will also be the starting point for test drives of the entire Jeep SUV line-up, that includes five models - Jeep Renegade, Jeep Compass, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Grand Cherokee - all recently renewed with cutting-edge technical and technological features.
The stars of the Jeep test drives and activities will be Renegade and Compass, the Jeep models most favoured by women. The first is also the best-selling Jeep model in Europe. After being completely refreshed at the end of 2018, it continues to surprise the public with two recent innovations of clear metropolitan inspiration, namely the debut of the 1.3-litre Turbo T4 engine capable of delivering 180hp, paired with the nine-speed automatic transmission and the new special S series, which enhances the elegant and sporty appeal of the Renegade, ready for day-to-day use. The spotlight will also be on the Jeep Compass, which combines legendary off-road capabilities, excellent driving dynamics and comprehensive technological equipment with advanced infotainment systems and the new E6D-Temp approved diesel and gasoline engines available on all versions.
The new Fiat 500X Sport, the "spearhead" of the of Italian crossover’s renewed range
Dynamism, precision, control and Italian style: these are the winning features of any athlete, and the same goes for the new Fiat 500X Sport.
Dedicated for young and dynamic customers, with pronounced sporting attitudes, the 500X Sport is the "spearhead" of the renovated Italian crossover which from today includes a refined new Lounge trim.
Ever since 2014, the 500X has been the best seller in its segment in Italy, and permanently in the top 10 in Europe, as well as having recorded the highest growth rate outside Italy: +12%.
The 500X has been produced in over 500,000 units.
The launch of the new 500X Sport is accompanied by a jokey commercial starring Buzz the mosquito.
FCA Bank financial solutions for the new 500X Sport.
The New Fiat 500X Sport makes its debut at the "Luigi Ridolfi" Federal Technical Centre in Coverciano (FIorence), a centre of excellence for teaching, training and sport, as well as the historic seat of the Italian Football Federation. The FIGC Federation headquarters was chosen to honour the 20-year cooperation between the Fiat brand and the Federation, as well as to express the shared values uniting the new Fiat 500X Sport with sport in general. What better location could there be for displaying "in the field" the qualities of dynamism, precision, control and Italian style highlighted in this new version... the same characteristics that lead a player to wear the blue jersey of Italy with pride and joy. The new "spearhead", top of the range version of the renewed 500X family, offers greater performance, thanks to its new technical features offering even more agility, safety and pleasure. Thus was born an extraordinary sporting crossover, which fulfils its maximum performance expression with the new FireFly Turbo 1.3 engine delivering 150 HP of power and 270 Nm of torque, a benchmark in its segment, combined with a new suspension setting, a closer height from the ground, plus a new steering system calibration, 19" wheels with high-performance tires and a sportier look. 500X Sport, the sporting crossover that didn't exist until now.
Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat and Abarth brand said: "Like the national football team, the 500X is designed and engineered in Italy and built in the FCA factory in Melfi, and it is prepared to be able to play all over the world, to the point where - together with the iconic 500 - it has become the most global model in the Fiat range. Launched in 2014 and renewed last year, the 500X is the leader in its segment in Italy and has consistently been in the top 10 in Europe, as well as having notched up the highest growth outside Italy: +12%. The 500X has been produced in over 500,000 units. Not to mention that it is also the Fiat model which more than any other conquers new customers from other brands or segments, thanks to its versatility, its ample interior space and its innate ability to adapt to all uses, surfaces and driving styles.
And so the fates of Fiat and FIGC intertwine once more: two global symbols of Made in Italy that share the same sporting and human values - such as passion, energy and emotion - which have seen them travel together for over a century of Italy's social, cultural and industrial evolution. Among other things, this year both entities celebrate the 120th anniversary of their foundation: a milestone in both the automotive and sporting sectors. And last June, on these "solid pillars", the renewal was signed, for another four years, of a sponsorship dating from 2000: the Fiat brand will remain Top Partner and Official Car of the Azzurri, Italy's international soccer team, thus continuing its adventure on the playing field.
But along with the 500X Sport, the other members of the renewed range will also be playing, including the outstanding new 500X Lounge, featuring a rich array of standard equipment and a refined style identity, both inside and outside the passenger compartment.
500X Sport: after Urban and Cross, the model makes its debut on the new "field" of Sport
The 500X conquered the market with its Urban and Cross versions, which reflect its dual soul. The urban version is more metropolitan, technological and connected, as expressed perfectly by the recent S-Design, Mirror and 120° special series, while the more crossover version enjoys pleasant adventures outside the city. Today the 500X changes pace and accelerates onto a different playing field, that of sportsmanship, presenting itself as an alternative to compact C-segment cars with a sporty look. This is a growing market segment that is worth more than 500,000 units per year in Europe. And in perfect 500 style, this Fiat brand proposal is a new more attacking version of the 500X, beautiful to look at and thrilling to drive. To achieve this goal, Fiat engineers carried out the equivalent of what a sports "athletic trainer" would have done, following a special "training programme" to increase the sporting prowess of the 500X. So, further significant and carefully focused tuning interventions on driving dynamics, steering precision and suspension have been carried out, making driving even more emotional. Simultaneously, various modifications towards more specifically sporting design elements, plus the new exclusive Red Seduction livery, have made the 500X Sport perfect for a young, dynamic customer attracted by a sporty style with a strong personality.
Driving dynamics, precision and control create new levels of performance and safety
The new 500X Sport presents several important technical innovations intended to boost dynamism, driving precision and control. In particular, the new top-of-the-range version features an exclusive sports-style suspension with a 13 mm reduction in height from the ground compared to the Urban and Cross versions, and the option - on request - of new 225/40 tyres with sports-level performance and 19" alloy wheels with a special design. This all results in a more aggressive car, with better ground adherence and guaranteed safety and dynamism... a bit like what one would expect from a powerful centre-forward who is also highly agile in the penalty area.
Power must provide precision and perfect balance, and in the automotive field this means greater precision and driving comfort. This is why we have acted even more radically with the most powerful engine in the range: a high performing 1.3 FireFly Turbo 150 HP, combined with a DCT automatic transmission. For example, the steering system calibration has been adjusted to return a more precise and reactive feedback to the driver. As well as this, specific adjustments of the shock absorbers and the front and rear suspensions - using FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) technology - mean that the 150 HP Sport 500X guarantees greater road holding, even at high speeds, as well as extraordinary manoeuvrability and total safety... all without compromising comfort. Thanks to all these technical features and its 19" sports tires, the gritty 500X Sport 1.3 FireFly 150 HP DCT generates an 8% increase in lateral acceleration - compared to the 500X Cross with equal engine and 18" tires - and this translates into a significant improvement in road holding and a substantial increase in active safety. The new suspension tuning greatly enhances responsiveness at curve entry, reducing understeer by 26%, and oversteer, in extreme conditions, by 17%. In short, so armed, the new 500X Sport fears no comparisons in its segment, and generates dynamic emotion in driving.
A new Italian beauty that seduces with sportiness and refinement
Fiat 500X, like the iconic 500, brings with it all the Italian beauty that, in terms of style and elegance, has always fascinated the world. Likewise, the thrilling play of the Italian national football team keeps millions of spectators glued to the screens every time it takes the field. And as the national team's blue jersey belongs to the collective imagination of Italy, so the 500X Sport "pulls on" its new Red Seduction livery - exclusive to this version - highlighting the car's dynamic lines. The special red "team kit" is then embellished with a long series of titanium grey details on the handles, the specially designed inserts on the front bumper, the front moulding, the rear-view mirror caps and the door handle with the "500" logo in a refined Myron treatment. The marked assertiveness of the exterior is achieved through the many sporting elements offered as standard: these include the side skirts and the arches over the body-coloured wheels; the diffuser-style rear bumper; the dual chrome exhaust - designed exclusively for this Fiat model - and the Full LED lighting systems that provide 160% more power than halogens but with reduced energy consumption. The Full LED headlights are coupled with LED fog lamps, creating a homogeneous and sporty light signature. All "certified" by the Sport badge on the front fender. And for those who want to further boost the power look, on request it's possible to fit special Sport tires with 19" alloy wheels and glossy black hubcap (the special 18" rims are standard). In addition to the exclusive Red Seduction colour, other livery options include Gelato White, Moda Grey and Italian Blue (all of which can be combined with a black roof for a suggestive two-tone exterior), plus Cinema Black.
By the end of the year, new 19-inch wheels will be available, with a sporty look developed by Mopar, the brand dedicated to assistance, spare parts and customer support for FCA vehicles. They are distinguished by their personalisation possibilities: each wheel, for instance, can accommodate a set of 5 possible inserts - in the colours Matte Bronze, Miron, Dark Miron, Copper and Titanium. These can also be mounted by the customer or by the dealer thanks to a simple clip (a visit to the dealer is only required for disassembly). The novelty will enrich the already ample collection of Authentic Accessories supplied by Mopar specially for the 500X Sport.
The same sporty and elegant style of the exterior is also found in the interior of this new top-of-the-range version. This is demonstrated by the dark shade for the imperial and the front uprights; the specific TFT graphics of the instrument panel and its red elements; the aluminium gear-knob; the techno-leather sports steering wheel, cut underneath; the dashboard in titanium grey; and the detailing in Myron with finishing in Red Seduction. On request, you can equip your 500X Sport with a precious Alcantara covering for the sporty silhouetted steering wheel and the instrument panel cover, a touch of sporting elegance unique in this segment, featuring hand-crafted red stitching. The interior is completed by new exclusive seats in black fabric with vinyl inserts and a grey "500" logo, the black vinyl bezel and special stitching in grey and red. On request, however, you can have the seats upholstered in black leather with titanium grey finishing, in addition to the sporty aluminium pedals and the front mats with personalised stitching.
As well as being outstandingly sporty, the new 500X boasts a rich technological assortment that offers highly innovative driving assistance systems as standard, including "Traffic Sign Recognition", "Speed Advisor" and "Lane Assist", the automatic lane maintenance system. And to make any journey more comfortable, also standard are the Uconnect 7" system, with satellite navigator, predisposed for Apple CarPlay and with Android Auto compatibility; as does automatic climate control, Cruise Control with speed limiter. Completing the equipment are the rear parking sensors and the electric parking brake.
Finally, to meet any mobility need, the new 500X Sport can be equipped with all the engines in the range, combined with front-wheel drive. In more detail, two FireFly Turbo petrol engines are available: a 1.0 with 120 HP and six-speed manual gearbox, and a 1.3 with 150 HP and six-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission (plus steering wheel controls on request). Also available are two Multijet turbo-diesels: a 1.3 with 95 HP combined with a five-speed manual transmission and a 1.6 with 120 HP and six-speed manual transmission or an automatic dual-clutch DCT six-speed gearbox (steering wheel controls on request).
The entire new 500X range enters the playing field as a star player
Hand in hand with the new 500X Sport, the new 500X Lounge also makes its debut: a refined version rich in content, unlikely to pass unnoticed on city streets. On the outside, it features body-coloured mirror caps and 16" alloy wheels, as well as DRL daytime running lights and LED rear lights. It's especially refined inside, as can be seen in the techno-leather steering wheel and the front armrest. Sophisticated and metropolitan, therefore, the 500X Lounge is also highly comfortable thanks to its rich standard equipment including the innovative 7" HD LIVE touchscreen Uconnect system with DAB digital radio, Apple CarPlay integration and Android AutoTM compatibility. The standard equipment is completed by front and rear parking sensors, invaluable for protecting the bumpers during parking, and the rain and twilight sensors which provide an additional driving aid. Novelties also for the 500X Cross, the first car in its segment to offer 19'' wheels with "tall and narrow" tires that ensure improved aerodynamics and a consequent reduction in fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and noise. The City Cross and Urban versions complete the range: the first is the ideal solution for anyone looking for a car with a cross appearance; the second enables them to immediately start driving the Fiat crossover, at an affordable price.
The new communication campaign with Buzz the mosquito is on the air
The new 500X Sport has such an intensely sporty and impressive character that it seduces at first sight. That's exactly what happens to the other protagonist of the spot, the mosquito Buzz, who "will humorously accompany" the launch of the new top-of-the-range version. A chance encounter on a scenic road just outside the city, and Buzz is immediately seduced by the car's charisma: through the enamoured mosquito's eyes we discover its irresistible features and the dynamic attitude that makes it both sensual and overwhelmingly assertive. The mosquito Buzz, literally enraptured by such beauty, hovers in front of its object of desire. Love at first sight becomes, for our mosquito, an unexpected - and harmless - bump against the car's headlights.
Created by the Leo Burnett creative agency in Turin, the spot was shot by Federico Brugia for Movie Magic, while Buzz's design and animation was created by the Belgian company Nozon.
As from September 9th the communication campaign will be progressively aired in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Greece, Holland, Poland and Switzerland.
The Sport family grows: the new 500L Sport arrives as well
Simultaneously with the debut of the 500X Sport, the new Sport version of the 500L also makes its debut: a top-of-the-range version of the model renovated in 2017 to offer more technology and connectivity to modern families. Sportiness with a gritty look, in other words, characterises the new 500L Sport which introduces an innovative two-tone livery in opaque Moda Grey with a glossy Black roof. To make it even more gritty there's a long series of specific details, such as the skid plate bumpers in Diabolik Black; matt black 17" alloy wheels with a black hubcap and a red insert; the side sills matching the body colour while the mirror caps and the rear headlight frames come in brushed Titanium. The exterior of the new 500L Sport is completed by privacy glass and the Sport logo on the fender. The same sporting personality is clear in the passenger compartment too, dominated by new seats with their central area in black Denim technoprene fabric with red stitching and 500 logo, plus a silver manual gear shift knob, and the dashboard with a matt grey effect and red 500 logo. Standard equipment includes: cruise control, ambient light, rear parking sensors, automatic climate control, dusk and rain sensors and automatic braking system (Autonomous City Brake) which improves safety in city driving. The infotainment is entrusted to the Uconnect 7'' HD LIVE touchscreen system with 7'' DAB digital radio, Apple CarPlay integration and Android AutoTM compatibility.
So, in the wake of the S-Design, Mirror and 120° special series - which have already marked the evolution of the 500X - the 500L also expands with a Sport version, capable of satisfying modern families attracted by a dynamic style but unwilling to give up the extreme versatility and functionality of Made in Fiat design. The new 500L Sport completes the family of the same name inaugurated last year with the Tipo Sport 5-Door, the top-of-the-range version developed in collaboration with Mopar.
The new MY20 range will offer the 500L beginner version, the Mirror, the Cross and the new Sport. In more detail, the 500L Mirror will be available in all two-colour liveries - the only one to be able to mount a silver roof - and fitted as standard with Uconnect 7" HD LIVE touchscreen with 7'' DAB digital radio, Apple CarPlay integration and Android AutoTM compatibility. Space is also provided for the 500L Cross, which is now even richer in standard equipment, as shown by the Autonomous City Brake, rear parking sensors, automatic climate control and rain and dusk sensors.
And finally, the new 500L Wagon model completes both the Mirror and Lounge trim levels.
Around the World in a Jeep® Wrangler with Expedition Earth at Motor Village UK
Gallery to showcase overland adventure undertaken by Expedition Earth at Motor Village Marylebone.
Expedition Earth stop off in London in their Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon before next leg of the journey.
Expedition Earth stop off in London in their Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon before next leg of the journey.
The Jeep®brand continues to promote its adventurous spirit and will host an exhibition showcasing the inspiring journey of the Expedition Earth team at Motor Village UK in London, from 17 to 22 September. Expedition Earth started with a shared love of adventure which became a commitment to cover seven continents over three years, driving over 350,000 km in their Jeep Wrangler. This exhibition marks their stop in London as they approach the end of the second leg of the trip.
The Wigmore Street, London showroom - usually home to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles cars - has been converted into a Jeep haven, showcasing the cars that have inspired the trip including the original Jeep Willys, the CJ-7 and the Wrangler 1941 designed by Mopar. At the centre will be Gunther, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon that is the third member of the Expedition Earth team. Meanwhile downstairs has been turned into a gallery space, open to the public, showcasing the extraordinary photography and video captured along the route.
Travelling from North to South America, across Africa and up through Europe, the Expedition Earth team, Bridget, Topher and Gunther, have uncovered and captured many amazing sights that will be showcased in the gallery, along with some never-seen-before images. Speaking about the purpose of their journey Bridget said: "Expedition Earth is focused on promoting the natural beauty of this planet, inspiring our followers and readers to keep the earth pristine, along with exposing the threats and fragilities our earth is facing."
From 26 to 28 September, the Lombardy Region headquarters building in Milan will host the third edition of "e_mob, festival dell'eMobility", with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles playing a leading role. As well as a round table discussion and a seminar, where FCA will be present to provide information about the activities it has launched with regard to sustainable mobility, in the covered outdoor area visitors will be able to admire the
, the Jeep Compass PHEV and the
Fiat Professional Ducato Electric
, the last two of which will already be available on the market with effect from 2020.
The number of topics discussed during the three-day festival of electric mobility will be vast: first and foremost, how to make the new electric mobility easily usable and beneficial for customers, meaning the development of genuine solutions to simplify and increase the efficiency of charging procedure and times. This topic will be covered by companies working to supply domestic and business charging solutions, such as EnelX: FCA has recently signed two agreements with this firm and with Engie for the development of new electric mobility solutions, to support the production and marketing of the plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV) envisaged by the Group business plan for 2018- 2022. Thanks to these agreements, the FCA sales network will be able to offer charging solutions and innovative services specifically designed for private and business customers. What's more, the programme includes the development and trial of new technologies to reduce the total cost of ownership of electric vehicles, to benefit the customer.
The many topics scheduled for the three-day Milan event include an important discussion concerning the need to simplify the current procedures required for the installation of electric vehicle charging points in the communal areas of apartment blocks. Forecasts predict that this charging mode will be one of the most widely used by customers in the near future.
The exhibition of vehicles is certain to prove just as interesting, starting from the Centoventi, the concept car that gives an innovative foretaste of the Fiat brand's guidelines, stylistic language and future technology for the next few years.
Thanks to the hybrid technology also used for the Renegade, the Jeep Compass - in the brand's purest style - will further improve its capability with a higher torque, achieved through the combination of the two propulsion systems. What's more, the rear-axle drive will be provided not by a propeller shaft but by the dedicated electric motor, allowing the two axles to be separated, with the torque controlled independently and more effectively than in a mechanical system.
On the other hand, the Ducato Electric - developed and designed to the FCA Group's most advanced quality standards - will be available in all body variants with the same load volumes as the current models. The electric version will be particularly suitable for professionals operating in specific areas of business (from online commerce to postal and courier services, home ready-to-eat food deliveries and local transport) who need to ensure access to city centres.