Tis The Season

You never knew you needed a Dodge Hellcat Reindeer onesie in your life until now

Dodge has introduced a new Hellcat-themed onesie just in time for the holiday season.

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Your engine can roar to life, but when the fire is going and you're snuggled up on the couch with your loved one watching Netflix and sipping cocoa, there's only one outfit you should be wearing. Clearly it's the new Dodge Hellcat reindeer onesie, which has just gone on sale at Dodge's online lifestyle shop.

The 100-percent polyester fleece onesie has a bright red hue that is reminiscent of the red in the Dodge logo. It zips up in the front (naturally) and features a crew neck. It comes in sizes small through 3XL, proving it could be a good fit for most anyone, not unlike a Dodge Charger or Challenger.

Most importantly, the Dodge Hellcat Reindeer is embroidered on the right chest of the garment in contrasting white stitching. The Dodge word logo and rhombus are on the left in white and gray. The Dodge rhombus is also on the left leg in white.

Like Dodge customers, the garment is considered "one of a kind" according to the website.

If the $69.95 price tag of the onesie is too much of a stretch for your budget, consider the equally as handsome dark gray Hellcat Redeye Reindeer t-shirt which is just $17.95 (plus $5.95 shipping and handling - rush delivery is available for considerably more).

Among the other holiday gifts the automaker is touting are a 1320 Angry Bee ornament, "Ugly" holiday sweater, and a Demon whiskey barrel and stand.

Other FCA brands have holiday shops as well. Alfa Romeo's features finer items like a leather duffle bag and vanilla latte candle (with a leather wrap, natch) among the driving gloves and blanket choices.

Fiat offers a Fiat 500 children's pop up tent for just $30.95.

Jeep's gifts are among the coolest with two Hallmark ornaments to choose from: a 1982 CJ-8 Scrambler and a Wrangler Rubicon R/C Off-Road 1:16. There are Gladiator socks for the enthusiast and a drone and a pedal go-kart for the Jeep fan that just must have branded merchandise.

Ram has Stanley drinkware for sale, a Buck "55" lockback knife with the Ram logo featured on its blade, and a canvas and leather apron.

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Biden will target 50 percent of all vehicle sales for EVs by 2030.

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In the last several months, we've seen automakers from all corners of the globe commit to some degree of electrification by the end of the decade and beyond. That includes the American Big Three: Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Stellantis (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, others). Today, President Joe Biden plans to throw his weight behind these efforts by signing an executive order that sets a goal of pushing the sales of zero-emissions vehicles to half of all vehicle sales in the U.S. by 2030.

Biden's target is not legally binding, but the industry is already jumping on board. In a joint statement, Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis confirmed that they aim to hit an EV sales volume of 40-50 percent annually. It's worth noting that the President's 50 percent goal and the automakers' sales targets also include plug-in hybrid vehicles, which still use a traditional gasoline engine.


Jeep PHEV The target also includes plug-in hybrid vehicles, which still use gas engines.Jeep


Auto unions and dealers are not opposed to the ambitious roadmaps laid out by the Big Three, but both have differing views on what is essential and how things will ultimately play out. While aware of the goals, the UAW is focused on wage growth and the preservation of jobs and benefits. It feels that an increase in EV production volume must happen here in the U.S. to include good-paying American union jobs.

Dealers, to a degree, are supportive of the goals but skeptical of their ultimate success. Some feel that electric vehicles do not present the earth-shattering shift in functionality and usability that other new products, such as smartphones, did in different industries. Regardless of concerns and skepticism, it appears that automakers are going all-in on the shift to electrification, so we're bound to see a wealth of new battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the next few years.


GM battery facility rendering Automakers are pledging billions to increase EV and PHEV production volume.GM

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The LEGO Speed Champions series is adding two new Dodge models to its lineup.

Photo courtesy of Stellantis

The new LEGO Speed Champions series is expanding by two. A 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A and Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster are being added to the growing collection. They are the first purple vehicle and first Top Fuel Dragster in the Speed Champion series.

"Owning, or aspiring to own, a Dodge muscle car is as much about the lifestyle of joining the Brotherhood of Muscle as it is about the vehicle purchase," said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. "As a result, our brand enthusiasts are passionate about all things Dodge, including the latest cool collectibles. So, following the success of the Dodge 2018 LEGO Speed Champion building set, fans will now be able to build and show off not only the first ever 8-inch-wide (8W) muscle car, but also the first ever Plum Crazy 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, along with an incredibly detailed 13½-long Top Fuel Dragster."

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge box The 627-piece Challenger T/A and Dragster include box art of their Rea-life counterparts. Photo courtesy of Stellantis

LEGO has had the Challenger over two inches high, five inches long, and 2.5 inches wide. The Dragster is four inches high thanks to its wing, and has a body that is 13.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide.

The set features a male Challenger driver in Dodge-branded clothing. The Dragster has a female driver in a Dodge race suit.

"In 2021, we are extremely excited to reteam with Dodge and expand the Speed Champions 8W Vehicle Collection even further by including new vehicle types and building experiences, for the first time, that appeal to vehicle fans of all ages," said Christopher Stamp, LEGO Design Lead.

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge The set includes two models.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

The models will be released on June 1, 2021 at LEGO.com. Pricing for the models is not yet available.

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