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Dodge has plans to transform its muscle cars well into the future, even as the internal combustion engines we’re used to are dying out. The automaker has taken small steps to slowly introduce its fans to its electrification plans, showing the Dodge Charger SRT Stryker Red Concept and Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept throughout 2022. The car company’s message was loud and clear: the brand and its muscle will not be changed in the name of electrification.
“We are not designing an electric car. We are designing a muscle car that happens to be electric,” said Tom Sacoman, Head of Product.
Dodge’s electrification ideas are part of parent company Stellantis’ plan to achieve full electric conversion across all of its brands by 2030. the United States will be battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by the end of this decade. And we plan to offer more than 75 battery electric vehicle models by 2030 and reach global annual BEV sales of 5 million units by 2030,” Stellantis said in a press release. To support 16 companies, Stellantis plans to use three modular all-electric unibody platforms and one body-on-frame platform. The STLA Small, STLA Medium, STLA Large and STLA Frame are the names of the fully electric platforms. Dodge plans to use the STLA Large platform to build its electrified muscle cars, which will allow them to travel up to 500 miles on a single charge. Dodge’s electric muscle vehicles run on an 800-volt system and have a multi-speed electromechanical transmission.
As with any other technological advancement, the brand is confident that some of its fans will be early adopters, but the company is also aware that it may take time for many others to catch on. The brand pledges to maintain its commitment to muscle to combat enthusiasts’ fears and concerns. Dodge recently unveiled a concept called “eStage” that will allow its battery electric vehicles to have different strength levels. Making a better car than the last one is still Dodge’s goal. They want enthusiasts to see clearly at every presentation what the Charger Daytona SRT Concept represents for the future of the brand.
Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept
The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT reinvents what EVs can be and offers a glimpse into the automaker’s battery-electric future. The Charger Daytona SRT was part of a larger Speed Week announcement that included other Dodge performance goods. It was unveiled as a two-door concept at Michigan’s M1 Concourse. Dodge’s Charger Daytona SRT uses an all-new powertrain that sets it apart from any other car on the road. Even the brand new idea has an EV exhaust note that is an industry first. Dodge drew influence from the past, incorporating subtle references to tradition while still opting to go for the most advanced aerodynamic goals. Inside, the Charger Daytona SRT adds audio, displays and other lighting features that can be changed at the push of a button to create an immersive experience for both passengers and drivers.
“The Charger Daytona SRT Concept exists because performance drove us to it. Dodge is all about muscle, attitude and performance, and the brand carries that chip on its shoulders and into the BEV segment through a concept brimming with patents, innovations and performance features that embody the electrified muscle of tomorrow. The Charger Daytona SRT Concept can run more than the auto show circuit; it can run a flaming quarter mile. And when it comes to product cycles, it’s faster than Darwin. Charger Daytona does more than define where Dodge is going, it will redefine American power in the process,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge chief executive officer at Stellantis.
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Terry is an avid Nascar fan who grew up attending races at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, just down the road from his hometown of China Grove, NC. Terry currently lives in Wellington and has been writing for 15 years. In his spare time, he also enjoys watching the cartoon Road Runner Looney Tunes with his two sons.