Stellantis today made a number of key announcements as part of EVDay, a special event outlining its global electrification strategy backed by investments of more than €30 billion ($45 billion) through 2025.
Most notably for us, the goal is to have electrified, low-emission vehicles account for over 40 percent of the automaker’s sales in North America by 2030.
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Using the tagline “Tear Up the Streets… Not the Planet,” Dodge is announcing the launch of a fully electric muscle car in 2024. Will it be the future Challenger or a brand new product? That remains to be seen.
For Tim Kuniskis, CEO of Dodge, electrification is the natural evolution of performance and muscle cars, and any technology that puts more power in the hands of drivers and makes them go faster deserves to be leveraged. Consider this: during the presentation, the automaker hinted at 0-100 km/h times as quick as two seconds.
The Ram brand will flex its EV muscles, too. Prepare for a battery-electric ProMaster cargo van and Ram 1500 pickup, the latter to debut in 2024. That’s a long time after the Ford E-Transit and F-150 Lightning, but better late than never.
CEO Mike Koval promised a full portfolio of electrified solutions that will “push past what the competitors have announced and what our customers expect.”
Meanwhile at Jeep, the motto is “Zero Emission, 100% Freedom.” The brand’s electrification efforts are well underway, particularly in Europe, but on this side of the Atlantic we have the Wrangler 4xe as well as several other plug-in hybrid models coming up shortly.
By 2025, Jeep will offer at least one zero-emission vehicle in every SUV segment including the first-ever Wrangler EV. Solar-powered charging stations will be rolled out near local trails where many Jeep owners spend time. And by 2030 we should see a fully autonomous, off-road-capable Jeep. Imagine that!
Up to 800 Km of Range
Stellantis’ EV battery and component needs will be met with a total of five “gigafactories” in Europe and North America, completed with additional supply contracts and partnerships to support total demand.
The automaker has also signed memorandums of understanding with two lithium geothermal brine process partners here and abroad to ensure a sustainable supply of lithium.
Four BEV-centric platforms will be used and designed with a high level of flexibility and component sharing, namely:
- STLA Small, with a range up to 500 kilometres
- STLA Medium, with a range up to 700 kilometres
- STLA Large, with a range up to 800 kilometres
- STLA Frame, with a range up to 800 kilometres
They will be powered by a family of three electric drive modules that combine the motor, gearbox and inverter. Compact yet easily scaled, these EDMs can be configured for front-drive, rear-drive, all-wheel drive and 4xe.