Charge Automotive pitches 400hp electric Mustang


Given the outcry at four-cylinder Mustangs, and the confirmation of hybrids coming at some point soon, it feels like news of the Ford icon being made without any pistons at all should come with a warning for enthusiasts. Sorry, bit late now. Still, if Chevy can dip a toe in the water with an electric COPO Camaro - a car specifically designed for drag strips, don't forget - then a roadgoing EV Mustang is far less sacrilegious. Probably.

This is not a Ford creation, instead it's the brainchild of London-based Charge Automotive. Its plan is to build 499 of these classic Mustangs (using officially licensed bodies) and charge around £200k for them. Top Gear says that the 64kWh battery pack/electric motor combo will make more than 400hp and in the region of 885lb ft, sufficient for 62mph in 3.1 seconds. Range is said to be around 124 miles. Note, too, in the video below a much more modern Mustang interior, plus the ability to choose between RWD and AWD drive modes.


And what makes this more viable than any other restomod or powertrain swap? Well Charge has already been involved in EV projects for McLaren, JLR and Williams F1, as well as the Roborace powertrain, so it has a good deal more credibility than many of its rivals.

Deposits of £5k are being invited now, with deliveries expected next September. Should the coupe not appeal, Charge will make an EV Mustang cabrio as well - which could be quite something. Finally, should this talk of an electric muscle car be a bit much, rest assured there are plenty of classic Mustangs still available with more traditional powertrains. They aren't £200k, either...


 

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  • CaptainSensib1e 15 Nov 2018

    Maybe it's me, but an electric Mustang seems like an oxymoron. I've nothing against EVs, but a classic Mustang should be powered by a V8.

  • 300bhp/ton 15 Nov 2018

    Not sure how these would be legal in the UK unless they are on a Q plate.

  • daveco 15 Nov 2018

    Not sure how putting a near silent powerplant into a car that is mostly defined by the character of its V8 engine will work out.

    It looks great though.

  • cookie1600 15 Nov 2018

    What does this give me over say a Tesla model S and a nice classic V8 'stang with some change left-over?

    My choice, if my arm was up my back:

    https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

    https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

  • Caddyshack 15 Nov 2018

    300bhp/ton said:
    Not sure how these would be legal in the UK unless they are on a Q plate.
    I wonder if we will see a relaxing of the rules or exemption to allow a swap to elec?

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