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Stellantis’s premium brand will make all-electric switch with new model and electric version of DS 4 hatch

French manufacturer DS Automobiles will mark its reinvention as an electric-only brand in 2024 with a new full-electric version of the DS 4 hatchback and its first bespoke electric model.

The firm confirmed earlier this year it will switch to a fully electric global line-up in 2024, one year earlier than originally planned and four years earlier than other Stellantis-owned brands.

DS has revealed that it will launch a new EV version of the recently revealed DS 4 – currently available in plug-in hybrid form – in 2024. That model will also be joined by the firm’s first electric-only model, which will also be the first bespoke EV built on Stellantis’s STLA MEDIUM platform.

That architecture is designed for C- and D-segment vehicles, although DS has yet to detail what form the new model will take. However, it has confirmed plans for the new machine to feature a “high-capacity battery with up to 104kWh” of capacity, which is claims will allow for a range of more than 640km.

DS boss Beatrice Foucher called the decision to make the brand all-electric by 2024 “a daring plan.” She added: “The car industry is experiencing a change whose breadth and speed are unprecedented. As a pioneer, DS Automobiles has anticipated this move, with electrification at the centre of its strategy.”

The EV-only move had been hinted at recently by Jules Tilstone, managing director of DS UK. After Stellantis announced its half-year results, in which the group announced all segments were in profit, with an average 11.4 per cent margin, he tweeted: “It’s been a turbulent time for the automotive industry, but great to see the Stellantis teams pulling together to deliver such a fantastic result.

“We’ve also announced that from 2024 all new models from DS will be launched as full electric only.”

The firm originally announced it would move to electric-only from 2025, while other Stellantis-owned brands including Vauxhall-Opel will begin to switch from 2028.

DS currently has several electrified models on sale, including the all-electric DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, with the DS 3, DS 7 and DS 9 models all offered with plug-in hybrid power. Existing combustion models will see out their lifecycle as scheduled beyond the 2024 date.

“Our ambition is very clear: for DS to be among the global leaders in electrified cars in its segment,” said DS’s then CEO, Yves Bonnefont, in 2018.

Stellantis is pressing ahead with an accelerated EV strategy, with plans to launch 11 battery-electric vehicles and 10 plug-in hybrid vehicles over the next 24 months.

Jack Warrick

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