Charging into the Future: Electric Retro Mustangs

There has been talk amongst Ford enthusiasts for years now: when will Ford come out with an electric version of the Mustang? Well, production of an electric Mustang is just about official. Electric Mustangs are now a thing in the UK. No, not from Ford directly. Startup company Charge Cars has partnered with electric vehicle-experienced Arrival to create electric Fastback and Convertible 1960s Mustangs.

Arrival, already known for its UPS and Royal Mail-utilized electric trucks, brought its engineering expertise to the project. The team was staffed with engineers whose backgrounds included time spent working for McLaren and Jaguar Land Rover.

Charge has announced that the “electro-resto-mods” are powered by a 64 kWh battery pack, and a 300 kW electric motor. A 50 kW charge rate is supported by a DC fast-charging system. The result is up to 750 Nm of wheel torque, and 1,200 Nm of motor torque (885 lb-ft!), making the combination good for a 0 to 100 km/h (that’s 62 mph) acceleration in 3.09 seconds.

But don’t get too ahead of yourself, because you’re not going to get very far on a single charge. With an expected range of just 200 km (125 miles), this Mustang might not be the best choice for spirited cruisers.

Using officially licensed Fastback and Convertible shells, the company’s plan to release the first of the 499 Mustangs for sale in September of 2019. Pricing is expected to start at £200,000 ($259,200 USD), and you can reserve your own for only £5,000!

The Charge electric Mustangs will feature the classic rear-wheel drive mode, as well as optional all-wheel drive mode.

About the author

Stephanie Davies

Stephanie Davies got her start in automotive media while studying at Rutgers University and eventually landed at Roush Performance outside of Detroit, where she now resides. She writes for various automotive outlets, works with rescue dogs, enjoys driving her Roush-charged Coyote-swapped 1992 Fox body Mustang race car, and is convinced that absolutely nothing in the world beats a sunny weekend at the track.
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