The FCA charity initiative for the most vulnerable children and their education – named stART Again – was established as a cooperation with Save the Children, an International Organization that has striven for over a century to safeguard children at risk and guarantee them a future.
Drawing is one of the main means of conveying a message, of communicating. It is a form of expression within everyone’s reach, the form most often practiced by children. Drawings were the starting point for the designers at the FCA Centro Stile in their creation of the stART Again project, the aim of which is to respond to the alarm sounded by the Organization in their “Rewrite the Future” campaign, to provide help, materials, education, opportunities and hope to 100,000 children living in the most disadvantaged areas of Italy.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, children have had to drastically change their habits, just like adults have. No more school, no more sports and games, no more grandparents, no more playgrounds or ice creams with friends. In particular, Save the Children has noted that the coronavirus outbreak could have a devastating impact on the lives and futures of millions of children. Vulnerable children living in the most disadvantaged areas and in the most precarious families are even more at risk. Children and adolescents who, even in Italy, are trapped between increasing material poverty – with a million more children in Italy alone at risk of slipping into absolute poverty – and the scarcity of educational opportunities due to school closures.
It is therefore essential to act now. FCA is doing so with stART Again – a project bringing together art and the intention to start again – to make its own contribution to the Save the Children policy intervention, by selling 136 copies of sketches of the most iconic models from every FCA brand and realized by the designers of Centro Stile. For each country, the sketches can be purchased from the e-commerce merchandising platform of each respective brand: Fiat, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Abarth and Fiat Professional.
The starting point represented by children’s ‘graphic signs’ – ‘sketches’ in the language of design – demonstrates the power of empathy that can only be embodied by artistic action. The Centro Stile car designers were well aware of this when selecting sketches of models for each brand. From the electric Fiat 500, FCA’s first electrified car and the starting point for a new era, to the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA – the new mass-production supercar, a perfect balance of the legendary model and the technological innovations it now offers. We also see sketches of the mighty, roaring Abarth 595 and the legendary Jeep Willys, the first lightweight 4×4. Last but not least comes Fiat Professional’s Ducato: apart from its great sales figures, this van has recently played a major role in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, having been used as an ambulance for thousands of patients throughout Europe.
“Design lies not only in how a vehicle is made and what it represents,” said Klaus Busse, Head of the FCA Centro Stile, “it is also a vehicle for emotions. That’s why it strikes such a chord with children and young people. For us designers, who have made drawing our profession, excellence in the production of a sketch becomes a potent means of communication. We want to take these ‘graphic signs’ as a starting point, to share them with fans of our brands and with those who wish to make their own contribution to the future of children who are now living through very difficult times.”
With a nominal contribution of only €20, you too can buy a copy of a sketch we have chosen, then download it, to take a slice of the history of automotive design home with you. A means to discover the style and passion that lies behind each and every FCA model. The proceeds from all sales will be used by Save the Children to provide much-needed supplies, teaching materials and support for the studies of thousands of children in Italy.
The sketches can be purchased on the following FCA online stores:
Link to Fiat, Fiat Professional and Abarth online store
Link to Alfa Romeo online store
Link to Jeep online store
FCA Italy S.p.A. (“FCA”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., and ENGIE EPS, an Italian technology player in Energy Storage and e-Mobility, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at creating a Joint Venture, to become a leader in the European e-Mobility landscape, which would rely on FCA’s financial resources and industrial footprint and on ENGIE EPS’ technological know-how and intellectual property portfolio. The two Companies join forces in order to move forward into the new era of a more sustainable mobility, offering innovative solutions and services to make access to electric mobility easy and convenient for everyone.
The newly created company would offer a full suite of products and solutions for electric vehicles customers such as residential, business and public charging infrastructures as well as green energy packages, enabling customers to charge at home and at any public charging point across Europe with a simple subscription at a fixed monthly rate.
A new Italian tech e-Mobility player, with access to a portfolio of hundreds of patents and industrial secrets, a solid team of electrical and system engineers, and a consolidated automotive industrial footprint would thus emerge. The Joint Venture would in fact benefit from the contribution of both parties in terms of intellectual property, human resources and financial assets, and would focus on innovative and disruptive solutions for the European e-Mobility market. The envisaged transaction would represent an important strategic step in the evolution of the two Groups’ product portfolios and would set a major step towards elimination of barriers to the e-Mobility transition in Europe.
“The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding originates from a fruitful three-year cooperation between the two companies, which allowed the implementation of truly disruptive projects, such as the introduction of the exclusive FCA easyWallbox, an easy-to-use plug-and-play charging unit, the recently launched V2G Pilot Project and the innovative customer-oriented energy packages,” said Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
“The envisioned Joint Venture would allow an even higher commitment from both parties to expand the scope of the existing cooperation and further develop innovative products and services to enable and support a smooth shift to electric mobility in Europe”.
“Electrification represents an inevitable trend poised to disrupt urban mobility and – most of all – an unstoppable paradigm change of worldwide energy systems. The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding is a testament of the joint commitment aimed to accelerate this change by leading such a disruption towards a more sustainable future” commented Carlalberto Guglielminotti, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager ENGIE EPS. “Italy left a profound mark on history with its excellence in the automotive industry and in the development of innovative technologies in the energy sector. This Joint Venture is the opportunity to consolidate this heritage whilst shaping the road ahead for a greener mobility”.
The envisaged transaction will be subject to the standard conditions foreseen for this type of operation and all necessary communications and approvals from the competent authorities and institutions.
The two parties expect the signing of the full set of agreements1 by the end of the year, and the incorporation of the Joint Venture in the first quarter of 2021.
Turin, 12 November 2020
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is a global automaker that designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles in a portfolio of exciting brands, including Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep®, Lancia, Ram and Maserati. It also sells parts and services under the Mopar name and operates in the components and production systems sectors under the Comau and Teksid brands. FCA employs nearly 200,000 people around the globe. For more information regarding FCA, please visit www.fcagroup.com
ENGIE EPS is the technology and industrial player within the ENGIE group that develops technologies to revolutionize the paradigm shift in the global energy system towards renewable energy sources and electric mobility. Listed on Euronext Paris (EPS: FP), ENGIE EPS is listed in the CAC® Mid & Small and the CAC® All-Tradable financial indices. Its registered office is in Paris and conducts its research, development and manufacturing in Italy.
For more information: www.engie-eps.com
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements are based on the FCA Group’s current expectations and projections about future events and, by their nature, are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. They relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur or exist in the future and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on them. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in such statements as a result of a variety of factors, including: volatility and deterioration of capital and financial markets, including possibility of new Eurozone sovereign debt crisis, changes in commodity prices, changes in general economic conditions, economic growth and other changes in business conditions, weather, floods, earthquakes or other natural disasters, changes in government regulation, production difficulties, including capacity and supply constraints, and many other risks and uncertainties, most of which are outside of the FCA Group’s control.
 Based on the governance structure agreed it is expected that ENGIE EPS will fully consolidate the new entity.