While you still can’t buy an electric Mustang from Ford, a company decided to combine resto-mod with all-electric conversion to sell some stunning all-electric 1960’s Mustangs.
UK-based startup Charge partnered with Arrival, known for their electric trucks used by the Royal Mail, UPS, Roborace, and Michelin to electrify this American classic.
Engineers who previously worked at Williams F1, McLaren Automotive, and Jaguar Land Rover participated in the project that amounts to more than a simple EV conversion.
Much like Jaguar with the production of the all-electric version of the classic E-type, Charge turned this Mustang into an actual product and they plan to make 499 of them.
They are using officially licensed shells of both Fastback and Convertible 1960’s Mustangs.
The powertrain includes a 64 kWh battery pack, a 300 kW electric motor, and DC fast-charging system supporting a 50 kW charge rate.
Charge says that it can be configured for rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive and it can deliver up to 7,500 Nm of wheel torque and 1,200 Nm of motor torque.
0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration can be achieved in just 3.09 seconds.
While 64 kWh is a significant energy capacity for the size of the vehicle, the range is only expected to be 200 km (125 miles) – probably due to the aerodynamic performance of that old muscle car design.
Here’s an exciting trailer for the Charge Electric Mustang:
Charge says that the price starts at £200,000 ($259,200 USD) and they plan to start shipping the vehicle in September 2019. They are taking reservations with a £5,000 deposit right now.
I’d do bad things to get this car. 1960’s Mustangs are my favorite classic cars tied with 1960’s Corvettes.
Those were the good old days of American cars.
It’s exciting to see all-electric versions of those old classics.
One thing that people often get wrong with EV conversion is the user interface. People are so focused to make the powertrain work that they don’t really spend much time to adapt the user interface to an electric vehicle and in the case of a resto-mod, modernize it.
Based on the glimpses that we get from the trailer, it looks like they came up with something pretty cool. It looks a lot like the vertical touchscreen that you would find in a Tesla Model S or Model X.
As for the powertrain, the specs look decent. They partnered with some serious companies who already have EVs on the road.
We can’t expect much range out of it because the Mustang was never meant to be a very efficient vehicle, but it’s still enough to be a cool weekend drive vehicle, which those vehicles most likely already were.
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