Dodge will make the next-gen of its muscle cars electric-powered
- Dodge will make an electric-powered version of its Challenger and Charger models.
- There should be more information about Dodge's electric plans in the coming weeks.
- Challenger has become the best-selling muscle car in the U.S. in 2020
After seeing all kinds of electric vehicles, now we are to see American muscle cars powered by electricity, as electric-powered vehicles are taking over the ones that work with internal combustion engines.
Many automobile manufacturers are pledging to go fully electric by their respective deadlines, and one of the carmakers that haven’t tried electric-powered motors is joining in the competition.
A Dodge spokesperson announced plans to make the next generation of its Charger and Challenger fully electric by 2025.
In an email to Motor1.com, the spokesperson explained that the news regarding Dodge’s Hemi engine returning on the company’s muscle cars was incorrect and said, “The Hemi in that platform, as well as that platform, are going away. The next generation will be BEV."
Dodge’s Hemi engine is composed of a hemispherical combustion chamber with dome-shaped cylinders and matching piston tops, thus creating less surface area than a traditional engine, which means less heat and energy is lost, and more power is produced.
So the next-gen Charger and Challenger (due in 2024) will be all-electric with no option of an internal combustion engine.
The platform the spokesperson mentions is Chrysler’s full-size, rear-wheel-drive layout, the LX, which dates back to 2005.
The platforms modified versions V6 LD and V8 LA, used in the Charger and the Challenger, respectively.
Dodge’s CEO, Tim Kuniskis, previously announced that the company had planned to reveal the new Challenger “well before August,” but it didn’t happen. There should be more information about Dodge's electric plans in the coming weeks. The carmaker is expected to show its electric muscle car concept in August.
If expectations from Dodge are fulfilled, the electric-powered muscle car will compete against the Tesla Model S Plaid and crack 60mph (96kph) in less than two seconds, thanks to the all-wheel drive and a massive amount of power.
Dodge’s other electric models, such as the Ram 1500 EV and Hornet PHEV crossover, may also be revealed.
The best-selling American muscle car of 2021
Dodge Challenger, which debuted in 1969, has officially dethroned the Ford Mustang as the best-selling muscle car in the United States in 2021. Ford’s Mustang had a streak of seven years, but it ended when Dodge sold 54,314 units of Challenger. On the other hand, Ford sold a total of 52,414 units of Mustang.