The Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic muscle cars in the world. It’s sleek shape and design is recognizable from a mile away. Its loud V8 engine was the pinnacle of its rain throughout the 60s and even right up to the present day. However, the problem with that is the copious amount of carbon dioxide it’s spewing out into the atmosphere. So, how can one get both the amazing design of the Mustang, but without the emissions? That’s where Charge comes in.
Charge Cars is a British startup company who aim to redesign old and classic cars to put a modern twist on them – electricity. The company replaces petrol and diesel engines in classic and vintage cars with electric motors, all while attempting to maintain the design and styling of these works of art. Obviously, this is an expensive process so the cars themselves won’t come cheap either.
Modeled on the 1967 version, Charge Cars made sure to keep the Mustangs classic appearance with an officially licensed shell. While it may look and feel very similar to the old Mustang that everyone knows and loves so very dearly, beneath the shell is a whole other world.
The original V8 engine has been replaced by two powerful motors that are able to produce 536-hp (400-kW), 800 lb.-feet of torque and allows for all-wheel drive of the car. During testing, it was found to go from 0 to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in just 3.99 seconds, which isn’t much slower than modern day sports cars, and hit a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h). A 64-kWh battery powers it all. It has a driving range of 200 miles (322 km) and can accept 50-kW DC fast-charging.
All in all, it’s an amazing creation. Almost everything is the same but without the harmful emissions. The interior has been kept mostly retro style, with a few modern upgrades of course. Namely, the touchscreen interface built into the dash with has suspension and driving options. The car is set to make its debut at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, a well-renowned car show. While not released yet, models are available for reservation the company’s website with the price tag being around £300,000, or $380,000.