It’s now official, the Dodge Charger and Challenger will become 100% electric. A rumor now confirmed by the brand itself.
Rumors have been swirling about the electrification of Dodge’s lineup for a while now. And for good reason, we know that the American firm plans to say a little more about its future high-performance electric model soon. But in the meantime, the manufacturer is talking about him for another reason, which should not really appeal to purists.
And for good reason, Dodge finally confirms rumors circulating for several months on the transformation of the Charger and Challenger into 100% electric models. A new not necessarily surprising, but which still marks a real turning point for the brand, rather accustomed to V8s and other large displacements.
100% electric models
This is in an exchange between a Dodge spokesperson and Engine1 that this information has been confirmed. In an email sent to our colleagues referring to an article by MotorTrend claiming that the HEMI engine would be present on the next generation of the Challenger and Charger, the brand claims that ” the article is incorrect[…]. The Hemi and this platform disappear. The next generation will be BEVfor Battery electric vehicle, which corresponds to 100% electric vehicles.
This has at least the merit of being crystal clear.
For the time being, the firm has not yet given any information on the technical sheets of these two models. But if the HEMI engine and the current LX platform, developed in 2005, will therefore not be renewed, this does not mean that the two sports cars will immediately draw a line under their thermal engines. In effect, it could be that the current generation will still be marketed for some time, in parallel with the new. As a reminder, the Charger and Challenger today use V6s and V8s up to 819 horsepower.
Towards an arrival in Europe?
If Dodge obviously wants to turn to electric in order to follow the movement, its CEO Tim Kuniskis has however hinted that thermal engines are not yet dead. In effect, a 900 horsepower strong version of the Challenger is rumored to be in the worksequipped with the Hemi V8 that can run on E85.
Nevertheless, the firm is actively working on the electrification of its range, while amuscle car 100% electric would be in preparation and planned for 2024. If we still know very little, Carlos Tavares had said during a presentation last March that “we are creating a sound that you have no idea… It’s something shocking ».
The arrival of electric models within the Dodge range could then allow the brand to consider marketing in Europe. The firm has not been able to establish itself in our country until now, because of our environmental standards which are far too strict for its range, made up of large cars that are too polluting. But like General Motors, which is considering a return to the Old Continent, Dodge could also be thinking about it.
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