New Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger will be all-electric as the American automaker ditches the beloved V8 Hemi
Although the electric car market is largely dominated by spacious SUVs and efficient sedans, American automakers are continuing to electrify the powertrains of other popular vehicle categories, such as the highly lucrative pickup trucks like the Ford F-150. Next in line are sporty muscle cars, which could certainly benefit from electric drivetrains due to their exhilarating instant torque output.
According to an article by InsideEVs, the Stellantis-owned carmaker Dodge has now officially confirmed that the upcoming model generation of the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger will be all-electric and no longer available with traditional internal combustion engines. This includes the popular V8 Hemi, which produces over 800 horsepower in top-of-the-line trims like the Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock. Previously, a rumor claimed that at least the most expensive and therefore most profitable engines would remain available in the Dodge Challenger and Charger lineup until the end of the decade.
Although the new Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger could be some of the first vehicles in the electric muscle car segment when they launch in 2024, the US carmaker is more of a back marker in terms of electric mobility. Its competitors Ford and GM are already producing several electric vehicle models, some of which are sold out for several years to come. It remains to be seen whether the electric Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger will be successful among muscle car buyers who often prefer combustion engines like the proven V8 Hemi.
InsideEVs, Image: Dodge