Right on schedule, Dodge has teased how it intends to “reinvent the muscle car” today, July 8, 2021. Today turns out to be the official Stellantis EV Day, with each brand opening a window into the near-to-mid-term future. In the case of Dodge, it’s the concept of using a charger, to power a Charger. Moreover, Dodge plans on leveraging its market share, and its dominant millennial customer base, and their favorable spending power to launch its first electric muscle car by 2024. The new vehicle is teased in concept form in the video below. Some key takeaways: 1970 Dodge Charger throwback looks, a sinister looking logo, and all-wheel-drive.
The video takes place at the historical Dodge family mansion, on the grounds of Oakland University, just down the street from Stellantis Global Headquarters. Presented by Dodge frontman Tim Kuniskis, the video reiterates just about everything we have reported up to this point. Line by line, here are the takeaways:
- Engineers are at their limit with what they can do (or what they’re allowed to do) with standalone internal combustion engines
- Electrification can solve this problem, and will add performance to the future Dodge muscle cars
- Dodge aims to “tear up the streets, not the planet”
- The first electric Dodge muscle car is coming by 2024, validating the clue signaling the current-generation Charger and Challenger sunsetting by 2023
- The openness to electrification and “spending power” of the millennial demographic will be leveraged by Dodge to help sell these new EV muscle car products
- An AWD electric concept car is teased with 1970 Dodge Charger design cues, and reviving an old logo from the 1960s. This vehicle is expected to debut around the SEMA 2021 timeframe
- It’s unclear if customers will still get V6 or V8 options in future Dodge Charger or Dodge Challenger variants.
Electric Dodge Muscle Car: 500 Miles Of Range?
Further details of the over-arching electric vehicle plan from Stellantis were also made public. The French-Italian-American automaker will plan to offer four BEV platforms that will deliver ranges between 300-500 miles (500-800 km) and with class-leading fast charging capability of 20 miles (32 km) per minute.
The battery packs will power what’s described as a family of three electric drive modules (EDM) that combine the motor, gearbox and inverter. Stellantis says that these modules are meant to be compact, flexible and easily scaled. Additionally, these EDMs can be configured for front-drive, rear-drive, all-wheel drive and 4xe.
Stellantis Electrification Plans
Along with electrification, a program of hardware upgrades and over-the-air software updates aim to extend the life of the platforms into the 2030s. In order to maintain brand characteristics – which is important for Dodge – Stellantis will develop software and controls in-house.
Stellantis is targeting the use of two battery chemistries by 2024 to support various customer needs. The first is a a high energy-density option, while the second will be lower power, but free of unethically sourced metals such as nickel cobalt. By 2026, Stellantis plans to introduce the industry’s first competitive solid state battery technology.
The Stellantis electrification roadmap encompasses the entire value chain. The company’s EV battery sourcing strategy is to secure more than 130 gigawatt hours (GWh) of capacity by 2025 and more than 260 GWh by 2030. The 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. Yes, Stellantis is calling them “Gigafactories.”
We’ll have more details on the upcoming electric Dodge muscle car and Stellantis EV Day news very soon, so be sure to check back with MC&T each day so you don’t miss a single micron of news.