These platforms will offer a range of up to 500 miles.
Officially announced close to a year ago, Stellantis became one of the most significant automotive companies in the world following the merger of Fiat Chrysler and French Groupe PSA. It came at a critical time as the many brands under the Stellanties umbrella transition to full electrification. The Stellantis EV day this week already brought us news of an electric Dodge muscle car, while an electric Jeep Wrangler was also teased. Underpinning a brace of forthcoming EVs will be four new electric platforms and, as part of EV day, Stellantis gave us a first look at them. The four platforms are known as STLA Small, STLA Medium, STLA Large, and STLA Frame.
While the Small platform promises a range of up to 300 miles and the Medium one a 440-mile range, the Large and Frame platforms will underpin vehicles with a range of up to 500 miles. Fast-charging capability will enable 20 miles of range to be added in just one minute. Stellantis says that three electric drive modules (EDM) will combine the motor, gearbox, and inverter, and that they can be scaled with ease. This makes them suitable for front-, rear-, or all-wheel drive as well as 4xe models. But which vehicles are these platforms likely to underpin? Some conclusions could be drawn while the full EV Day 2021 stream was still live.
STLA Medium will serve premium vehicles, STLA Large will cater to AWD performance vehicles and more, while STLA Frame will focus on trucks. Likely new EVs from Stellantis include an electric crossover from Chrysler and a long-range luxury sedan that could perhaps go up against the Tesla Model S. A muscle car, DUV, SUV, an off-road Jeep, and a mid-sized truck were also mentioned. The new electric Ram 1500 will use the truck-focused STLA Frame platform; if it manages a 500-mile range, it will surpass the new Ford F-150 Lightning in this area. Stellantis also briefly teased a Wagoneer badge, indicating an electric version of the new SUV.
Battery capacities for the new platforms will range from 37 kWh to over 200 kWh. As for outputs, these will range between 94 to 402 horsepower depending on the specific power output. Remember, more than one EDM can be used per vehicle so high-performance cars will have the potential to offer over 800 hp. The STLA Small platform is likely to be reserved for city cars from the likes of Peugeot and Citroen in Europe, but the larger platforms should feature prominently in the US as Stellantis targets over 40 percent low-emission vehicle sales here by 2030.