Stellantis, the company that includes brands such as Jeep, Chrysler, Ram and Alfa Romeo, among others, has unveiled a plan that it says will make EV ownership easier. Free2Move Charge is a ‘charging ecosystem’ that will include physical charging infrastructure, vehicle and smartphone software and other services, with the first phase launching in North America and Europe this year.
In a roundtable call on Monday, Ricardo Stamatti, senior vice president of Stellantis’ charging and energy business unit, said that the plan is broken down into three ‘arenas’: home, business and public charging infrastructure. A suite of charging products, financing and other services will be available for the homes of EV owners, as well as businesses. And Stellantis will partner with existing public charging companies and develop smartphone and vehicle software to offer route planning and aggregate available public chargers, to help alleviate range anxiety.
“It’s not just about the hardware there, but it’s about the care plan, 24/7 support, it’s about making it easy for our customers to actually be charged,” said Stamatti. He said Free2move Charge will embody the “e-ABC Promise: easy to Always Be Charged.”
Stellantis has been late to the game with full battery electric vehicles, but it plans to debut eight new EVs next year, including an electric Ram 1500 Rev pickup, the Jeep Recon and an electric version of the Wagoneer, and an as-yet unnamed EV from Chrysler.