Chrysler unveils first EV concept

New sedan will be based on the Stellantis STLA Large platform

Chrysler unveils first EV concept
The Halcyon concept is a sleek mid-to-large sedan

Detroit auto brand Chrysler, part of multinational conglomerate Stellantis, has unveiled a concept for its first EV, known as the Halcyon.

The vehicle – due to be on sale in 2025 – features an 800-volt lithium-sulphur battery at its core and has the ability to charge at a rate of 40 miles per minute with fast charging technology, according to Chrysler.

"The Chrysler Halcyon Concept is the latest in a steady progression of futuristic concepts representing Chrysler's electrification transformation," says Christine Feuell, Chrysler brand CEO.  

Technology features on the Halcyon include biometric recognition, voice recognition controls, inductive charging and AI-enabled predictive technology, suggesting that Stellantis is aiming to install up to Level 4 autonomous driving in the vehicle.

Inductive charging is a form of wireless charging where a magnetic coil in the ground passes a current through the underside of the vehicle. It has the potential to be more efficient in terms of energy dissipation than standard cable charging.

The Halcyon will be based on Stellantis's recently unveiled STLA Large platform, which has attracted criticism for allowing the company to hedge its bets with ICE vehicles.

It is mid-to-large sized sedan, a segment where EVs have previously struggled to gain traction. Electric sedans from the likes of California star-up Lucid, as well as the Tesla Model S, have not sold in great numbers due to high sticker prices.

The Halcyon is the first move of any kind from Chrysler towards pure EVs, and comes as the brand's sales across the wider US ICE market have been dwindling.

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Chrysler sold 133,000 vehicles of all kinds in the US in 2023, well behind other American Stellantis marques Dodge, Ram and Jeep.

However the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was the third best-selling PHEV in the US in 2023.

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