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Chrysler is Asking Students to Help Design its Next Electric Vehicle

Stellantis Design is celebrating 10 Years of its Drive for Design Contest. This year, the automaker is offering prizes for the top ten designs. The task for contestants is to “Envision a future Chrysler product for the next generation of electrified vehicles and mobility solutions.” Last year, students designed a future Jeep, other years have featured other Stellantis brands like Ram and Dodge.

“Winning is not the main goal of this contest, it’s about discovering career opportunities, helping young artists hone their craft and educating parents of young artists about a rewarding profession where they can use their artistic talent,” said Trostle. “Regardless of where these students ultimately land after graduation, it’s been rewarding to our team to be able to make a positive impact on someone’s life and career.”

Rare Chance to Ask Designers Questions

To kick off the contest, Stellantis Design is offering a rare opportunity. The company is hosting an “Ask Me Anything” Facebook Live Event with Stellantis’ Head of Design, Ralph Gilles, and the Head of Ram Truck Exterior Design, Mark Trostle.

The Facebook Live Broadcast Event will take place on Thursday, March 24, at 5 p.m. Eastern. Viewers can submit questions now for the live event, using the hashtag #DriveforDesign, via:

  • Drive for Design Facebook page (@DriveForDesign)
  • Stellantis North America Facebook page (@StellantisNA)
  • Stellantis North America Twitter (@Stellantis_NA)
  • Stellantis North America Instagram (@StellantisNA)
  • Stellantis North America LinkedIn (@StellantisNA)

Weekly updates will be posted every Tuesday and Thursday with the hashtag #DriveForDesign on Stellantis Social Media Channels.

Drive For Design Contest

Chrysler started the contest a decade ago to get young people interested in the field of automotive design. Every year, the prizes have gotten more expensive and advanced, providing the students the tools they need to further their craft.

The contest is open to U.S. high school students in grades 10-12. They are asked to sketch a vehicle, in this case, a future electric vehicle for the Chrysler brand. The entries are due by May 13, 2022, and they must be submitted via www.StellantisDriveForDesign.com.

For the first time, all top 10 winners will be invited to participate in a virtual networking session with Head of Ram Truck and Mopar Design Mark Trostle and professional Stellantis designers who have created some of the most popular vehicles on the road today.

Recruiting Young Designers

The modern Drive For Design contest has been Mark Trostle’s pet project. He revived the contest he won as a high school student. Trostle has worked with students and their parents educating them on potential careers in automotive design. Some of those former contestants have landed internships and jobs working inside the Stellantis design studios.

Drive for Design Top Prizes

Three winning sketches will be selected and those artists will receive a virtual day of design with leading designers at Stellantis, Wacom and Apple and a scholarship to attend a four-week summer program at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit.

The first place winner will also receive a Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16. The second and third place winners will also receive an Apple iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Full rules and contest details can be found on www.StellantisDriveForDesign.com.

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