Dodge to drop the V8 combustion engine
The Stellantis subsidiary Dodge will drop the V8 combustion engine in favour of pure electric drives in the next generation of its Charger and Challenger models. Accordingly, the next generation of the Charger and Challenger, which are expected to be launched in 2024, will be powered exclusively by battery-electric drives.
Stellantis confirms battery joint venture with Samsung SDI
Stellantis has now officially confirmed plans to establish another joint venture in North America for the production of battery cells and modules. In addition to a corresponding cooperation with LG Energy Solution, Stellantis also wants to build a new battery factory in North America with Samsung SDI, as previously leaked.
Further Stellantis brands to go fully electric
At the presentation of its business figures for the first half of the year, Stellantis gave new details on its electrification strategy. Accordingly, DS Automobiles will only launch pure BEVs on the market from 2024. Alfa Romeo is to become an all-electric car brand from 2027.
Stellantis to invest €30 billion in e-mobility
Stellantis has presented its new electrification strategy. The multi-brand group wants to achieve 70 per cent of its sales in Europe and 40 per cent in the USA with “low emission vehicles” by 2030. In Europe, Opel is to become an electric brand by 2028.
PSA & FCA complete Stellantis merger
PSA and FCA have now completed their merger, paving the way for the creation of Stellantis. The new group’s ordinary shares will start trading on Euronext in Paris and Mercato Telematico Azionario in Milan on 18 January, and on the New York Stock Exchange on 19 January, each under the symbol “STLA”.
Stellantis can choose from three EV platforms
The planned merger of the car companies PSA and FCA under the name Stellantis will apparently be able to rely on three electric car platforms. In addition to the existing platforms eCMP and eVMP, according to a new report from Italy, a base developed by FCA will also trade for larger electric cars.
Dodge accidentally starts advertising EVs
Of all companies, now Dodge has made advertising which benefits EVs more than their own product. The US manufacturer advertised their gasoline burner Challenger as the fastest serial vehicle for acceleration from 0 to 100 miles per hour. They added a footnote, however, adding that the comparison does not apply for EVs.
After a Dodge Journey failed repeatedly, a couple was so annoyed that they could not even bare to sell it on. After receiving little help from the manufacturer, they opted to vent their anger publicly and spectacularly by running over the car with a tank. If life gives you a lemon, make lemonade.
Tesla taxis coming to Amsterdam-Schiphol, Electric 1939 Dodge.
Video tip: A great teaser for a cool initiative. Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is about to chauffeur its guests in blue Tesla Model S taxis to and from the airport starting October 18th.
Reading tip: This oldtimer truck is far from rattling. Instead, this 1939 Dodge pickup runs purely electrically and has been converted by a former IBM engineer who uses the self-made EV to “just bang around town,” and on all other errands too.