Advanced Propulsion

Electric car

FCA’s propulsion technologies deliver on the promise of compelling mobility.

No single technology can meet all the needs of the global marketplace. Customers need efficiency and want excitement, so FCA vehicles deliver pragmatism and passion, neither being mutually exclusive. FCA offers both electrified models and some that run on alternative fuels to satisfy a wide range of demand. Of course, FCA continues to refine and improve traditional internal combustion engines (ICEs) which power the majority of our vehicles.


Fiat 500 Advanced Propulsion

Electrified vehicles in our portfolio include:

Fiat 500e – a zero-emissions battery-electric vehicle

  • Named one of Wards 10 Best Engines for the electric powertrain

  • Highly efficient, with an EPA rating of 112 MPGe (miles-per-gallon-equivalent)

eTorque Jeep Wrangler

The All-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler SUV and 2019 Ram 1500 full-size pickup introduce eTorque, a mild-hybrid electrification system

  • Powered by a 48V DC battery

  • Recharges battery through regenerative braking

  • Launch assist

  • Start-Stop capabilities

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – the industry’s first electrified minivan, which uses the PentaStar eHybrid Propulsion System

  • Plug-in Hybrid, capable of electric-only operation

  • Best-in-class EPA rating of 84 MPGe

  • Electric only range up to 33 miles

  • Rechargeable in two hours using a Level 2 charging station (240V AC)

  • If the battery is depleted, it operates like a conventional hybrid,
    powering the wheels with a hybrid-electric drive running on gasoline

  • Innovative eFlite EVT (electrically-variable transmission): two electric motors, each of which can drive the vehicle’s wheels

  • Specially-adapted Atkinson-Cycle PentaStar 3.6-liter V6 engine

  • Twice named one of Wards 10 Best Engines

Going forward, we will invest more than €9 billion to create and industrialize electrification on our products over the course of the five-year plan (2018-2022). We have crafted a portfolio plan that meets each of the different regional compliance requirements around the globe. At the same time, it will use the technology of electrification to enhance each brand’s attributes.

Alternative Fuels

Fiat Professional Ducato

FCA currently offers a wide range of eco-friendly, alternative-fueled vehicles that meet the needs of private and commercial consumers – from natural gas to ethanol blends and biofuels.

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)

  • FCA was a pioneer in natural gas vehicles in Europe

  • In a leading position for more than 20 years

  • Available on personal and commercial vehicles in Europe

  • 23% less CO2 emissions than gasoline

  • FCA vehicles that use CNG are bi-fuel (can use CNG or gasoline)

Ethanol Flex Fuel Technology

  • Ethanol flex-fuel technology developed by FCA defined the world standard for flex/alcohol fuels

  • Flex/Alcohol technology enabled Brazil to become the only country in the world with a real alternative to oil-based fuels

  • Leveraging sugarcane-based ethanol fuels, the technology developed by FCA provides well-to-wheel environmental benefits

  • Flex-fuel will continue to be the central technology for Latam over the next years

Panda Biomethane


  • Produced from organic materials

  • Several projects to promote biomethane in personal and commercial vehicles

  • Lower emissions than gasoline

  • Similar Well-to-Wheel CO2 emissions to an electric-powered vehicle

  • Example – Fiat Panda BioMetaNow

  • Biomethane from sewage sludge and waste water

Internal-Combustion Technology

Internal combustion engines (ICEs) remain the world’s dominant propulsion technology. And while it’s been a reliable mobility partner for well over a century, the combustion process is still only partially contained. FCA is committed to exploiting this potential for the benefit of our customers, and the environment.

Recent FCA innovations include:

Two new global families of downsized engines leverage turbocharging and highly-efficient fuel injection technologies

  • Global Medium Engine – 2.0L four-cylinder with turbocharging

    • Debuted on the Alfa Romeo and Stelvio vehicles

  • Global Small Engine – 1.3L four-cylinder, 1.0L three-cylinder variants, with or without turbochargers

    • Debuted on the Fiat Uno in 2017

  • MultiAir valve-actuation technology

    • Improves fuel efficiency

    • Further reductions in CO2 emissions

    • Improved intake-event control

    Note: Not all features and technologies indicated are available in all markets, or on all versions of a given vehicle. Check the company or brand website for information about features available in your area.

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