Let's take a deep breath: the Dodge Charger and Challenger may become EVs
The Dodge Charger and Challenger have always embodied and personified the modern muscle car as we know it. We're used to Dodge making extremely powerful versions of two of their top-selling vehicles like the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, for example, which makes a whopping 707 hp.
However, it appears that even Dodge, one of the most renowned muscle car manufacturers out there, is thinking about "electrifying" their vehicles as confirmed by Tim Kuniskis, FCA's North American Head of Passenger Cars.
Though he hasn't provided any specific details yet he suggested that hybrid, plug-in hybrid or even electric variants for both the Charger and the Challenger are entirely possible. "E-axles" are also a possibility, meaning that in the future these two cars might employ an electric motor which powers all four wheels, or the front wheels while the petrol engine powers the rear wheels, thus effectively turning the Charger and Challenger into AWD cars.
There are no certainties at the moment but Kuniskis said that there's no doubt that “electrification will be the key to high performance in the future,” even though issues like affordability and battery disposal are still a problem.
On the one hand, customers might struggle to accept electrification for certain vehicles but on the other, electric or hybrid powertrains will outperform the thermal engine. Kuniskis cited the Acura NSX, the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari SF90 Stradale as prime examples.
Rumour has it that Dodge is already working on a mild hybrid version for the Charger, which would potentially add an extra 176Nm of torque to the equation, and it should come with regenerative braking.