US Stellantis brand Chrysler has unveiled its Airflow Concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022, giving a glimpse of its electric future. Chrysler aims to launch its first BEV model by 2025 and offer an all-electric vehicle range by 2028.
“The Chrysler Airflow Concept represents the beginning of the brand’s journey to a fully electrified future,” said Ralph Gilles, chief design officer at Stellantis. The company does not specify in the announcement which of Stellantis’ four powertrain platforms the Airflow Concept will be based on. The STLA Medium and STLA Large are conceivable.
What is known is that the study has an electric all-wheel drive. Two electric drive motors (EDM) at the front and rear of the vehicle each have 150 kW. The Airflow concept also offers the possibility of installing larger EDMs, the company writes. Conceivable here are the EDM2 and EDM3 from the Stellantis modular system.
The battery should allow a range of 350 to 400 miles on a full charge – that is, around 560 to 640 kilometres. Chrysler does not provide information on the capacity of the battery. For classification: STLA Medium is designed for 87 to 104 kWh, STLA Large for 101 to 118 kWh.
Instead of the powertrain from the company’s modular system, Chrysler places a lot of emphasis on other factors – such as the software and autonomous driving assistants. According to a company statement, the concept car integrates a STLA Brain platform – a software architecture that is OTA-capable (over-the-air) and via which functions and services can be updated – as well as the STLA SmartCockpit with AI-based applications such as navigation, voice assistance and payment services. STLA AutoDrive is also said to enable Level 3 autonomous driving functions.
Chrysler calls the design of the Airflow Concept “a vision for the next generation of premium transportation and user experience”. It includes, among other things, a low ride height and a streamlined roofline designed to increase the vehicle’s range. At the front, the Chrysler wing logo is integrated into a grille light with LED illumination. An LED tail light runs the full width of the vehicle. Inside, infotainment screens are joined by a panoramic roof that lets more daylight into the vehicle. Each seat is equipped with a camera. The interior lighting can be adjusted by passengers.
Stellantis, the 14-brand car company, had published details of its electrification plans in April last year and then announced its electric vehicle strategy until 2030 in July. In Europe, the group aims to increase sales of electrified cars from 14 per cent last year to up to 70 per cent by 2030. In the USA, Stellantis is aiming for an increase to 35 per cent by 2030.
In detail, an electrified version (BEV and PHEV) is to be offered for 98 per cent of the Group’s models in Europe by 2025. By 2030, there will be at least one battery-electric version for all models. In the USA, 96 per cent of the models will be electrified by 2025. As in Europe, Stellantis also wants to offer a BEV variant for all models by 2030.
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