Electric Vehicles

Chrysler Revives Airflow Name for its EV Concept Vehicle & Announces Plans to Be All-Electric by 2028

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Any diehard Chrysler fan will be familiar with the name “Airflow.” First launched in 1934, the original Chrysler Airflow boasted a ton of innovative features for the time, including a radially streamlined profile and unibody construction. But thanks to its unique styling, the groundbreaking car was a slow-seller—at least until famous designer Raymond Dietrich was able to give it a more conventional appearance.

With extensive wind tunnel testing, the original 1934 Chrysler Airflow was streamlined to reduce air resistance. That also meant that it looked dramatically different than other traditional sedans at the time. (Image/Stellantis)

So we are tickled to see the name Airflow return to Chrysler’s lexicon. This time, as a concept vehicle—but we’re hoping the name will carry over to production too. And in keeping with the Airflow’s legacy of innovation, it gets a completely electric drivetrain to complement its slippery silhouette.

Much like its namesake in the 1930s, the new Airflow endured extensive aerodynamic testing to achieve its sleek profile. (Image/Stellantis)

The Airflow concept vehicle pictured here is all wheel drive, with two 150 kW electric motors fore and aft. While still in the concept phase, Chrysler also hints that there’s room for even bigger motors later, suggesting that the Airflow may have a high-performance counterpart in the works.

Chrysler says the new Airflow is targeting a 350 to 400 mile range and will incorporate fast-charging capability. (Image/Stellantis)

Though Chrysler didn’t pin down any exact release dates for its first electric vehicle, the company made it clear that it will release an EV “by 2025.”

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But perhaps the bigger news here is that the Airflow’s reveal coincides with Chrysler’s announcement that it’ll have an all-electric lineup by 2028. That certainly portends the fate of the long running Chrysler 300, along with the Pacifica minivan—or at least their internal combustion engines.

You can watch the Airflow concept video below and get more information at Chrysler.com.

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