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The 2022 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada is well underway, and will soon be coming to an end. Lots of automakers show up to exhibit what they’re working on, but the automotive group to steal the show this year is Stellantis. With custom auto parts subsidiary Mopar, lots of new concepts have shown up to push forward with the shift of electric vehicles (EVs) in the industry. This of course includes eMuscle, the new Dodge all-electric lineup, as well as new kits that could turn classic Jeep SUVs into all-electric adventure vehicles.
Mopar brought three concepts to the 2022 SEMA Show. One Jeep and two Ram pickup trucks, Mopar is also dipping its toes into the electric auto market. Known for its performance parts catalogs, Mopar has always had something new to show us. At the 2018 SEMA Auto Show, Mopar introduced the “Hellephant”, a powerful engine crate boasting 1,000 horsepower and 950 lb-ft of torque. In 2020, Mopar released the ’22 Dodge Durango as a part of its annual custom Stellantis models – with the main focus on Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram – and the 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak, designed for sports racers looking to brag on the drag strip with a supercharged 354-cubic-inch Gen-III HEMI V8 engine paying homage to the Plymouth Barracuda. These recent concepts, like the Jeep CJ Surge Concept, is showing consumers how even a classic vehicle can be turned into an EV.
"The Jeep CJ Surge concept explores a future zero-emission propulsion system kit and supports the Jeep brand's mission to become the leading electrified SUV brand in the world…Separately, our Ram 1500 Backcountry X and TRX Gold Shot concepts showcase a truckload of innovative Mopar accessories for our award-winning full-size trucks." - Mark Bosanac, Mopar's North America senior vice president
A scalable 400-volt, 200-kW Electric Drive Module, the Jeep CJ Surge is powered by 24 lithium-ion battery modules, and is equipped with a two-speed Jeep transfer case to transfer torque, along with some parts from the Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) catalog, including Dana 44 Crate axles, JPP Rubicon skid and front-bumper plates and JPP rock rails, and a Rubicon Warn winch. Riding on 18-by-9-inch Black Rhino Solid wheels wrapped with 35-inch all-terrain tires, this concept was designed to show Jeep an off-road enthusiasts that all-electric power is possible. Moreover, with this module designed for old and new models, it goes to show that this kind of power was always available – it’s just more popular now.
The two Ram concepts are made to show off the capability of the automaker. A Ram 1500 TRX Gold Shot Concept builds off of the original 702-horsepower Ram 1500 TRX, equipped with Mopar performance parts to make it more formidable than before. Some examples include 18-by-9.5-inch Black Rhino Chamber wheels come wrapped in 37-inch BFGoodrich tires, 14-inch TYRI rectangular LED lights, Mopar rock rails, front skid plates, and 5-inch black Mopar exhaust tips. The Ram 1500 Backcountry X concept is focused on adventure rather than performance. Equipped with even more storage options than the Ram 1500, this concept includes the class-exclusive RamBox cargo management system plus a custom-designed RamPack and RamRack, expanding storage space by 12.3 cubic feet. With off-road adventures in mind, new equipment additions include a Mopar 2-inch lift kit with FOX shocks, matte-black 20-by-9-inch Fuel Heater wheels wrapped in 37-inch BFGoodrich tires, and four Mopar 5-inch LED off-road lights.
Dodge BEV Concept
Dodge has been busy with “Last Call” models and its upcoming electrified models. Leading eMuscle is the Dodge Hornet, sporting the legendary 800-volt SRT Banshee powertrain package. The first all-electric addition to the lineup, still just a concept, is the two-door Dodge Charger Daytona SRT BEV. Demonstrating the new collection of powertrains eMuscle will offer drivers, the base model will come with two 400-volt output levels – a 340 kW module able to generate up to 455 horsepower and a 440 kW module able to generate 590 horsepower. The 800-volt-system power level will also be made available at a later date.
If that power isn’t enough for drivers and muscle car fans, Dodge Direct Connection is there to add a little oomph! Split into two more levels, eStage 1 and eStage 2, the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT BEV can generate even more power thanks to the new catalog of parts and powertrains. If going with the 340 kW module, drivers can boost this to 370 kW, able to generate 495 horsepower with eStage1, and go further with eStage 2 for a 400 kW module, able to generate 535 horsepower. The 440 kW module can go even further than that, starting at 470 kW, able to generate 630 horsepower when modified with eStage 1, and up to 500 kW (670 horsepower) when equipped with eStage 2.
Except to see more developments about Stellantis going all electric in the coming years. According to Dare Forward 2030, the automotive group’s business strategy for the rest of the decade, as many as 75 battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) are supposed to be released into the lineup over the next six years. Those include Dodge eMuscle, the first all-electric Ram 1500 pickup, and anall-electric Jeep SUV (set for launch in 2024). They’re not alone, because just about every major automaker also has a plan to break the EV auto market wide open.
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