French premium car brand DS has announced that from 2024 the only new models it will launch will be electric cars.
Announced by the brand’s UK managing director Jules Tilstone, the new date is a year earlier than the French firm initially planned. It also puts DS right at the forefront of electrification, as it will be the first car brand from across the broad Stellantis group – which includes Vauxhall, Fiat, Peugeot and Citroen to name just a few – to switch to EV-only.
DS currently offers one EV – the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, which uses a 50kWh battery and 134bhp electric motor. This enables a range of up to 206 miles, while 100kW rapid charging capability would allow its battery to be charged to 80 per cent capacity in 30 minutes.
The brand’s flagship DS 7 Crossback SUV is also available as a plug-in hybrid, while its upcoming mid-size DS 4 and DS 9 saloon will also be available as a hybrid, though no more EVs are yet in the pipeline. The brand also competes in the electric-only Formula E racing series with its DS Techeetah team.
Tilstone’s announcement also came as Stellantis’ latest financial results were revealed, which revealed that all its segments were in profit, with an average 11.4 per cent margin. Across the wider group, it also said it would launch 11 new EVs and 10 new plug-in hybrids in the next 24 months.