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2024 2023 Dodge Charger Challenger Barracuda Cuda 'Cuda EV Electric Muscle Car Vehicle Tim Kuniskis STLA Large Platform
Screenshot via Stellantis.

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:

Electric Dodge Charger Challenger Muscle Car
1970 Dodge Charger design cues can clearly be seen. Screenshot via Stellantis.
The rear of the electric muscle car concept. Screenshot via Stellantis.
New Dodge Logo
Dodge teased a futuristic take on an old logo from the 1960s. Screenshot via Stellantis.
A lot of visual weight is pulled out from the front quarter panel compared to today’s Dodge Charger and Challenger. Screenshot via Stellantis.
Big wheels fit for a concept muscle car. Screenshot via Stellantis.
Screenshot via Stellantis.

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 EV Day Dodge Electric Muscle Car
The front of the future Dodge electric muscle car. Screenshot via Stellantis

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.

Dodge Charger Challenger Electric Muscle Car Stellantis EV Day
Image via Stellantis

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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