Stellantis is kicking its EV offering into high gear, starting in 2023.
The Stellantis Group is pulling up its bootstraps and getting to work on electrifying its entire portfolio. We already know that a fully electric Ram EV is on the way to tackle the Ford F-150 Lightning and Chevrolet Silverado EV when it arrives in 2024. The company's CEO has also hinted that it will take advantage of iconic brands such as Lancia and Opel to create specialized EVs to conquer more niche segments.
In addition to this, it hopes to use the Dodge monikers to reform the muscle car segment through electrification. Currently, it has soft-launched an EV strategy in the USA with its Jeep plug-in hybrid powertrain for the Wrangler 4xe and Grand Cherokee 4xe. As a twist of events though, we have now learned that the brand will be introducing a fully-electric SUV early next year, and Jeep has supplied the first official photos of the new model.
We don't have an official name for it but the design presented to us appears to bear a lot of similarities to the Compass with its compact body style, floating roof design, modern interpretation of the Jeep grille, and plastic body cladding. We also see a satin silver anti-scuff plate, slim LED headlamps, and a nifty set of alloy wheels.
The Jeep EV will be one of the front-runners for its goal to achieve net carbon neutrality by 2038. By 2030, the group says it will lower its global carbon footprint by 50% and have a mixed battery electric vehicle sales ratio of 1:1 in the USA. One of its most bold goals is arguably its desire to be rated at the very top of customer service syndicated surveys. With these in place, it hopes to translate double-digit profit margins compared to its revenues from last year.
Unfortunately, there are no official specs or additional details for this exciting new electric Jeep but if it intends to reach a global launch date of the beginning of next year, information should be released to the public fairly soon. Based on its dimensions and scheduled release date of 2023, the upcoming product may make use of the STLA Medium platform. These were initially earmarked for future Alfa Romeo products and said to offer a battery range of around 435 miles.
Speaking at the Stellantis Strategic Plan Presentation is CEO Carlos Tavares who explains, "Electrification will amplify Jeep's core brand attributes: capability, open-air freedom, fun, and style. This new model will launch during the first half of next year and is the first of a comprehensive fully electric Jeep line up that will cover every SUV segment by 2025."
After this Jeep, Stellantis says that it will release a Ram commercial van in 2023 and a light-duty truck in 2024. This will be followed by a pure off-road UV and lifestyle family SUV from Jeep in 2024. The EV muscle cars from Dodge will end 2024 off and be followed by a series of family cars from Chrysler in 2025. In total, we can expect over 25 battery electric vehicles by 2030.
In the 2024 lineup, we can also expect to see the introduction of a Level 3 STLA AutoDrive hands-free eyes-off advanced driver-assist system. Level 4 and 5 systems will be applied to its Waymo delivery vans. Commercial vehicles are a big part of its future global plans. It expects to have a fully electrified offering in the U.S. by 2027 and launch 26 new products.