Stellantis, the world’s fourth-largest automaker, has unveiled its latest innovation in electric vehicle technology: the STLA Large platform. This new platform is designed to power a wide range of vehicles in the D and E segments, from sedans to SUVs, with segment-leading capabilities and performance.
What is the STLA Large platform?
The STLA Large platform is a battery electric vehicle (BEV) native platform, meaning that it is built from the ground up for electric propulsion. Unlike other platforms adapted from existing internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, the STLA Large platform is optimized for electric efficiency, range, and performance.
The platform is highly flexible and modular, allowing for different configurations and architectures depending on the vehicle type and market. The platform can support both 400-volt and 800-volt BEV architectures, as well as future energy storage technologies. The platform also enables high levels of customization and differentiation for each brand and model while maintaining commonality and scalability for cost efficiency and quality.
What are the benefits of the STLA Large platform?
The STLA Large platform offers several advantages over conventional ICE vehicles and other electric platforms. Some of the key benefits are:
- Range: The platform targets an overall range of 800 km/500 miles for sedans, which is comparable to or better than most ICE vehicles. This range is achieved by using a large battery pack with embedded energy of 118 kWh, among the highest in the industry. The platform also features advanced thermal management and charging efficiency, allowing for fast and convenient charging. The platform can charge at a rate of 4.5 kWh per minute, which means that it can add up to 200 km/125 miles of range in just 10 minutes.
- Performance: The platform delivers impressive performance and vehicle dynamics, thanks to its powerful electric motors and sophisticated chassis and suspension systems. The platform can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in the 2-second range, which is faster than most sports cars. The platform also offers superior handling, stability, and comfort, as well as off-road capabilities for some models. The platform can support various drive modes and features, such as torque vectoring, adaptive air suspension, and Trail Rated 4x4 systems.
- Design: The platform enables a new level of design freedom and creativity, as it eliminates the constraints of ICE vehicles, such as the engine compartment, the exhaust system, and the fuel tank. The platform allows for a spacious and versatile interior with a flat floor, a large trunk, and flexible seating arrangements. The platform also allows for a sleek and aerodynamic exterior, with a low and wide stance, a long wheelbase, and short overhangs. The platform can accommodate various body styles and sizes, from compact cars to full-size SUVs while maintaining a consistent and recognizable identity for each brand and model.
What are the plans for the STLA Large platform?
The STLA Large platform is one of the four global BEV platforms that Stellantis announced on its EV Day 2021 as part of its ambitious electrification strategy. The company aims to have 70% of its sales in Europe and 40% in the US be low-emission vehicles (LEVs) by 2030 and to offer an electrified option for every model in its portfolio by 2025.
The STLA Large platform will be the basis for eight vehicle launches across five brands from 2024 to 2026. The first two brands to use the platform will be Dodge and Jeep, followed by Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, and Maserati. The vehicles will be produced and sold globally, focusing on the North American market, where full-size vehicles are in high demand.
The company has not revealed the specific details of the upcoming models, but it has hinted at some of the features and characteristics that customers can expect. For example, Dodge has teased that its first electric muscle car will be the “quickest, fastest, and most powerful” car in its history, while Jeep has promised that its first electric SUV will be the “most capable and efficient” vehicle in its segment. The company has also stated that the vehicles will offer a unique and engaging driving experience, as well as advanced connectivity and safety technologies.
The company will announce more information about the products and the platform in the coming months as it prepares to launch its electric offensive and challenge its competitors in the rapidly growing EV market. The company is confident that the STLA Large platform will be a game-changer for its brands and customers and will position Stellantis as a leader in electric mobility.