Chrysler wants to become fully electric by 2028
The automaker believes the minivan will be a key part of its plan
This minivan should have around 400 miles (643 kilometers) of range
Out of these two, one will be a minivan, a vehicle type that is important for Chrysler since the automaker invented the segment with the first generation of the Dodge Caravan back in 1984.
Despite the popularity of the minivan being much lower than it was a few years ago, Chrysler is determined to continue offering one to customers in the electric era.
According to the brand’s CEO, the minivan will have to be rethought for the electric age in order to become a segment-buster, recreating the effect the first minivans had on the market.
One feature that will be kept in its current form however, is the Chrysler-exclusive Stow ‘N Go system that allows to store the second row of seats in bins placed under the floor in order to have access to a large loading area without having to remove heavy seats from the vehicle, as is the case with other minivans.
Again, according to the CEO, the ideal range for buyers looking at electric vehicles is 400 miles (643 kilometers), so this is the goal the company’s engineers will be working towards.
The presence of an electric minivan it its lineup will also allow Chrysler to look at autonomous vehicles and ride sharing services, an approach that is also explored by Volkswagen, which just introduced the ID.Buzz.
Until this model arrives, Chrysler will keep selling the 300 and the Pacifica until at least 2025, when they will be joined by the Airflow. Gasoline and electric models will then share the brand’s showroom for three more years, before the American brand becomes fully electric in 2028.