Stellantis reportedly said on Tuesday it would expand its line of affordable hybrid vehicles to 36 models in Europe by 2026, to meet growing demand for this engine type.

The automaker said in a statement cited by Reuters it would offer 30 hybrid models this year for nine of its 14 brands, including Fiat, Peugeot, Jeep and Alfa Romeo, and launch six more over the following two years.

Stellantis, which, Reuters noted, did not say how many such hybrid models it already sells, said it was responding to the quick rise customer orders for hybrids in Europe.

It added its sales of this kind of vehicle in the region rose 41% in the first six months this year.

The group had said in June its EV sales were stable since the beginning of 2024 despite softer demand globally, the news agency added.

Stellantis said it was focusing on selling mild hybrid vehicles without a plug and a 48 volt low voltage battery, a dual clutch robotic gearbox [aka automated manual] and a reinforced braking energy recovery system.

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“When you compare this system to a high voltage hybrid, it has a very similar CO2 gain at a lower cost for our customer,” Reuters quoted Christian Mueller, Stellantis’ senior vice president of propulsion systems for the EMEA region, as saying.

“Our system is as good as the others but with a slightly better price entry point.”

This affordable hybrid technology allows for a range of up to one kilometre in pure electric mode compared to around 80km for the group’s plug-in hybrid technology, Reuters said.