Auburn Hills’ Stellantis and its dealership network across the U.S. are focused on the dealership transition to electric-vehicle sales and service, offering consulting and on-site evaluation of electric-vehicle (EV) integration needs within every area of the dealership business through a partnership with Future Energy.
“Stellantis is demonstrating their commitment to their dealer network and supporting brand EV readiness by partnering with Future Energy to build a program to help their dealers prepare for the disruption of electrification and to develop a thoughtful approach to help their dealer network modify their business processes,” says Sam DiNello, CEO of Future Energy. “Never has there been a time when the automotive, utility, energy and other technology industries needed to align to be successful in this emerging market.”
To date, nearly 70 percent of dealers are in the process of assessing their individual readiness.
The comprehensive evaluations include identifying energy requirements, electrical infrastructure changes, and necessary utility service upgrades; educating dealership staff on the short- and long-term operational impacts to their business purpose, people, place, and processes resulting from EV integration and reviewing the technology solutions for EV charging and energy management; calculating charging needs to support different areas of their business and locate ideal installation areas for EV charging stations inside and outside the building to address business flow challenges; and discovering all applicable financial incentive programs to assist with EV integration costs.
“As we accelerate the drive toward electrification, Stellantis is in full-execution mode with an electrification strategy designed specifically to address the needs of our dealership network,” says Phil Langley, head of network development, FCA North America.
“We are working lockstep with our national dealer council to develop and support their long-term plans during this industry-changing transition. From business operations and inventory management to service centers and employee culture, our goal is to work directly with our dealers to best prepare for, be successful in and address any challenges they may face as the automotive industry continues to move toward electrification.”
Future Energy is offering Stellantis dealerships EV integration services, including guidance through the financial assistance application process to obtain project funding support to offset EV integration costs and coordination of all construction, logistics, networking, and commissioning to install and activate EV charging stations across the necessary areas of their business.
It also will offer technology solutions and infrastructure to measure and manage the energy use across their entire business, in real time, including monitoring and automation to make better decisions and reduce energy costs; staff training regarding business operational changes, sales strategies, and EV hardware maintenance and usage; and ongoing customer support, including maintenance and warranty programs for integrated infrastructure and hardware.
Stellantis unveiled Dare Forward 2030, its strategic plan for the coming decade that will drive Stellantis employees to be ‘second to none’ in value creation for all stakeholders. Stellantis has committed to reaching carbon net zero emissions by 2038.
As part of that target, the company is setting the course for 100 percent of sales in Europe and 50 percent of sales in the U.S. to be battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) by the end of this decade. The company plans to have more than 75 BEVs globally and reach global annual BEV sales of 5 million vehicles by 2030. In the U.S., the company plans to offer more than 25 BEVs by 2030.