Stellantis Reveals Details about STLA Medium EV Platform

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  • Stellantis has revealed particulars in regards to the STLA Medium EV platform, which is able to debut within the U.S. as an electrical Chrysler model in 2026.
  • STLA Medium will provide standard- and long-range batteries, with the latter providing a 98.0-kWh useable capability that might present about 370 miles of vary.
  • Together with a 400-volt electrical system, the platform may be configured with front- or all-wheel drive.

Two years in the past, Stellantis introduced plans to introduce 4 world electric-vehicle platforms. They included the STLA Small, Medium, Massive, and Body designations, and at this time the corporate has revealed particulars in regards to the STLA Medium platform, which would be the first of the 4 to achieve manufacturing beginning this 12 months in Europe.

Whereas the primary EV to make the most of the STLA Medium platform would be the next-generation Peugeot 3008, which is simply bought abroad, the primary U.S. model will come from the Chrysler model, however that is not anticipated to reach till 2026. The Chrysler Airflow idea teased what this new EV is perhaps like again in 2021, however it’s presently unclear how comparable will probably be to the manufacturing model—or if it’s going to even be referred to as the Airflow.

STLA Medium Specs

Like most EV platforms, the STLA Medium is modular, that means it may be configured with totally different dimensions, suspensions, and extra. Together with wheelbases that vary from about 106 to 114 inches, it may be outfitted with a single electrical motor on the entrance axle or motors on each axles. The previous setup clearly supplies front-wheel drive, and the latter supplies all-wheel drive. Stellantis says energy output will vary from about 214 horsepower to as much as round 382 horses.

The STLA Medium platform will even provide two battery sizes. Stellantis solely revealed particulars in regards to the bigger battery with a 98.0-kWh useable capability. The corporate says that is anticipated to supply 435 miles of vary per cost, however that is primarily based on the optimistic European WLTP check cycle. That interprets to round 370 miles of vary primarily based on the EPA’s methodology. Stellantis did say the smaller customary battery is anticipated to supply 310 miles of WLTP-estimated vary—or about 264 miles for the doubtless EPA estimate.

Whereas a number of the newest EVs function a extra highly effective 800-volt electrical structure, the STLA Medium platform will use a 400-volt system. That is mentioned to allow the battery to cost from 20 to 80 p.c in 27 minutes utilizing a DC fast-charger. In a digital assembly at this time with reporters, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares mentioned the primary purpose the corporate made that call was to assist preserve the upcoming EV fashions reasonably priced. He did say that the STLA Medium platform was designed to simply accept an 800-volt system, so it is doable to introduce that down the street.

Not solely is the STLA Medium platform designed to modify from a 400- to an 800-volt electrical system sooner or later, however Stellantis says will probably be be capable to settle for new battery chemistries reminiscent of solid-state in addition to nickel- and cobalt-free packs. To assist with packaging prices and manufacturing volumes, the perimeter dimensions of the STLA Medium’s battery packs are each the identical and have widespread tray and cooling designs.

Stellantis plans to provide 2 million STLA Medium-based EVs per 12 months, with the primary batch beginning in Europe after which heading to different markets. Whereas U.S. clients must wait a few years, it is anticipated that the Chrysler EV will rapidly be adopted by fashions from different Stellantis manufacturers, particularly Jeep. Final fall, the corporate previewed the Wrangler-like electrical Recon, and at this time Stellantis representatives talked about that the STLA Medium platform will underpin EVs with “excessive off-road functionality.”

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Eric Stafford’s car habit started earlier than he might stroll, and it has fueled his ardour to write down information, opinions, and extra for Automotive and Driver since 2016. His aspiration rising up was to turn out to be a millionaire with a Jay Leno–like automobile assortment. Apparently, getting wealthy is more durable than social-media influencers make it appear, so he averted monetary success solely to turn out to be an automotive journalist and drive new automobiles for a dwelling. After incomes a journalism diploma at Central Michigan College and dealing at a each day newspaper, the years of principally burning cash on failed undertaking automobiles and lemon-flavored jalopies lastly paid off when Automotive and Driver employed him. His storage presently features a 2010 Acura RDX, a handbook ’97 Chevy Camaro Z/28, and a ’90 Honda CRX Si.

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