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Stellantis will boost French EV production, CEO Tavares says

PARIS — Stellantis will double the share of full-electric models built in France, CEO Carlos Tavares said at the Paris auto show, including the e-308, future 3008 and 5008 models, and an as-yet-unannounced Citroen SUV model.

Tavares toured the Jeep, Peugeot and DS stands at the show on Monday with President Emmanuel Macron of France, who has made it a priority to increase EV sales and infrastructure. Macron announced Sunday evening that France would raise EV incentives for lower-income families to 7,000 euros from 6,000.

Stellantis announced the following full-electric model allocations:

  • Mulhouse, in eastern France, will build the e-308 hatchback and station wagon, and e-408 fastback coupe starting in 2023. The factory already builds plug-in hybrid Peugeot and DS models.
  • The historic Sochaux factory, north of Mulhouse, will build the future full-electric Peugeot 3008 compact SUV and 5008 midsize SUV, both on the coming STLA Medium platform. The 3008 and 5008 will be the first models built on the architecture.
  • Rennes, in western France, will build a new full-electric Citroen SUV model.

Renault has announced similar EV allocations at its French factories. As the likely 2035 end date for combustion-engine sales in the EU approaches, other automakers are also consolidating electric vehicle and powertrain production in their “home” countries. 

Among recent moves, BMW is converting its Munich engine and assembly site into EV production; Mercedes has committed to building EVs in Sindelfingen, Bremen and Rastatt, Germany.

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