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July 9, 2021

Dodge To Drop Hemi V8, Go Electric (Or Electrified) In 2024

Dodge has had enough of Hellcat-ting everything. The American brand, along with its parent, Stellantis has announced a comprehensive electrification plan.

Four Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)-centric platforms will form the backbone of the electrified vehicles from Stellantis brands such as Dodge, Chrysler (yup, they’ll live), Jeep, Peugeot, and more. The platforms are designed with a high level of flexibility (length and width) and component sharing, delivering economies of scale as each platform can support production of up to 2 million units per year.

The four platforms are:
  • STLA Small, with a range up to 300 miles (500 kilometers)
  • STLA Medium, with a range up to 440 miles (700 kilometers)
  • STLA Large, with a range up to 500 miles (800 kilometers)
  • STLA Frame, with a range up to 500 miles (800 kilometers)
Propulsion includes a family of three electric drive modules (EDM) that combine the motor, gearbox, and inverter. These EDMs are compact, flexible and can be easily scaled. The EDMs can be configured for front-drive, rear-drive, all-wheel drive, and plug-in hybrid.

A program of hardware upgrades and over-the-air software updates will extend the life of the platforms well into the next decade. Unique software and controls developed in-house will maintain the characteristics unique to each brand.

Battery packs will be tailored for a variety of vehicles – from smaller city cars to energy-dense packs for performance vehicles and trucks.

One such vehicle is what Dodge calls the world’s “first electric muscle car.” It will ride on the STLA Large platform and will carry a maximum horsepower output of 886 horsepower. Zero to 100 km/h could be done in as little as 2 seconds.

Stellantis intends to become the market leader in low-emission vehicles (LEVs). Through 2030, Stellantis’ LEV mix for passenger cars in Europe is targeted to steadily grow to over 70 percent—10 percentage points ahead of current industry assumptions for overall market mix. In the U.S., Stellantis’ LEV mix for passenger cars and light-duty trucks is expected to be more than 40 percent by 2030.

Electrification is not a “one size fits all” plan at Stellantis. Each of the company’s 14 iconic brands is committed to offering best-in-class fully electrified solutions and doing so in a way that enhances the DNA of each brand. Stellantis revealed the following statements expressing the electrification approach of each brand:
  • Abarth – “Heating Up People, But Not the Planet”
  • Alfa Romeo – “From 2024, Alfa Becomes Alfa e-Romeo”
  • Chrysler – “Clean Technology for a New Generation of Families”
  • Citroën – “Citroën Electric: Well-Being for All!”
  • Dodge – “Tear Up the Streets… Not the Planet”
  • DS Automobiles – “The Art of Travel, Magnified”
  • Fiat – “It’s Only Green When It’s Green for All”
  • Jeep – “Zero Emission Freedom”
  • Lancia – “The Most Elegant Way to Protect the Planet”
  • Maserati – “The Best in Performance Luxury, Electrified”
  • Opel/Vauxhall – “Green is the New Cool”
  • Peugeot – “Turning Sustainable Mobility into Quality Time”
  • Ram – “Built to Serve a Sustainable Planet”
  • Commercial Vehicles – “The Global Leader in e-Commercial Vehicles”

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