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Fiat Chrysler to phase out diesel by 2021

Fiat Chrysler has become the latest carmaker to call time on diesels in Europe with plans to ditch diesels across its car line-up by 2021, citing a harsh regulatory environment over emissions.

Fiat 500e

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ plans include an electric 500e

Announced at the group’s Capital Markets Day event in Balocco, Italy, the move will see an investment of more than €9n (£7.9bn) in electrification technologies that will introduce 30 new battery or hybrid models by 2022 – including a fully electric version of the 500. Diesel will, however, continue to be offered in its commercial vehicles, according to the compliance plan.

Alfa Romeo will get hybrids and plug-in hybrids, the latter featuring an all-electric range of less than 50km (31 miles) and 0-62mph acceleration in around 4.5 seconds. It will also introduce a 25% more powerful version of its E-booster technology, using a small electric motor to assist the petrol engine and reduce turbo lag. Plug-ins will be offered from the Giulietta upwards, with the Mito supermini set to be discontinued.

In EMEA, Jeep will look to replace diesel with electrified options, including plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and fully electric (EV) technology in the Renegade, Compass and Cherokee’s segments, as well as an entry-level model with PHEV technology. In total, it will offer eight PHEVs and mild hybrids. Meanwhile in China, Jeep will offer four PHEVs and four battery electric vehicles.

Maserati will get four new EVs and eight PHEVs. This will include the Quattroporte and Levante, as well as the Alfieri two-seater concept car, which will target Tesla with a targeted ~2 second 0-62mph and the latest long-range, high-power battery technology.

Fiat Chrysler’s announcement comes as a number of carmakers ditch diesel from their line-ups, including Toyota which will have discontinued all of its diesel passenger cars by the end of this year, while Suzuki has stopped importing them into the UK, and Nissan recently said it would phase out diesel enginesas new models come on stream. Volvo also announced two weeks ago that it will phase out diesel from 2019.

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.