Pony car gets an electric makeover as the Charge Mustang

| 21 Jun 2019
Classic & Sports Car – Classic electric Ford Mustang revealed

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British start-up Charge Automotive is to build 499 fully electric classic Ford Mustangs that will debut at next month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Prices will start at an eye-watering £300,000, dependent on spec, and first customer deliveries are expected in September.

Whether you’re a fan of electric classic cars or not, it was probably inevitable that the Mustang would get the same treatment as other classic designs such as the E-type, Mini and MGB at some stage. 

So, what do you get for your money?

Classic & Sports Car – Classic electric Ford Mustang revealed
Classic & Sports Car – Classic electric Ford Mustang revealed

Well, the first bit of good news is that ‘electric’ doesn’t mean milk-float pace. The Charge Mustang has a 64kWh battery pack and electric motors producing 469bhp, which should make for a sub-four-second 0-60mph time.

The result is that this limited-run model will end up being rather faster than the V8-powered Mk1 Mustang it’s based on.

The car’s part-time four-wheel drive powertrain is supplied by EV technology company Arrival and will be contained within a licensed shell for the classic fastback look.

And, to answer that essential electric-car question, it’s said to have a 200-mile range.

Classic & Sports Car – Classic electric Ford Mustang revealed
Classic & Sports Car – Classic electric Ford Mustang revealed

Further details are scarce, although prospective customers are promised bespoke cabins ‘rich in ambience and detail’.

In addition, the dashboard will be brought into the 21st century, with high-tech features and a digital interface.

The company behind this project, Charge Automotive, is based in London, and its engineers have collaborated with firms including McLaren Automotive, Jaguar Land Rover and Williams F1.


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