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Indiana-made drive modules can power EVs from Ram, Jeep, Dodge

Stellantis on Tuesday announced a $155 million investment in three Kokomo, Indiana, plants to produce powertrain modules for future electric vehicles starting in 2024.

Consisting of an electric motor, power electronics and gearbox assembled into one unit, these modules will be used in vehicles based on the STLA Frame and STLA Large platforms, which will serve as the foundation. for an upcoming system. Pickup Ram 1500 REV And Dodge electric car, corresponding. Although the company did not name specific products, it is likely that these models will be powered by US-built powertrain modules from the facility.

Stellantis EV . drive module

Stellantis EV . drive module

The company noted earlier that these drive modules are the key to achieving the maximum target range 500 miles for these platforms, along with 0-60 mph acceleration in 2.0 seconds for the sportiest models. Stellantis reiterated the 500-mile claim in a press release announcing investments in Indiana, which the automaker noted following a $3.3 billion investment in Indiana since 2020 to electrification support.

The latest investment will be split between Stellantis’ Indiana Transmission, Kokomo Transmission and Kokomo Casting plants, reflecting the division of labor between these plants, the release said. The gearbox housings for the transmission modules will be cast at Kokomo Casting and machined at Kokomo Transmission, while gear machining and final assembly will be handled at Indiana Transmission, according to Stellantis.



Kokomo is also where Stellantis announced a $2.5 billion battery factory under a joint venture with battery supplier Samsung SDI. That’s a huge leap from just over a decade ago, when Stellantis’ predecessor Fiat Chrysler Automobiles touted a $300 million investment in the Kokomo Transmission plant to Build more fuel-efficient units for internal combustion engine vehicles.

Stellantis plans to spend $35.5 billion globally over five years to help electrify 14 brands. That includes a goal of reaching 50% of battery-powered vehicle sales in the US by 2030.

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