Dodge will cease production of its Charger sedan and gasoline-powered Challenger coupe in 2024 to make way for the automaker’s first electric vehicles.
Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis shed new light on the timeline in an interview this week with Motor trend. The company will launch its first electric muscle concept car in 2022, followed by a plug-in hybrid vehicle and a mysterious third vehicle.
Dodge previously announced plans to produce its first electric vehicle in 2024 at an event in July covering electric vehicle strategy by the automaker’s parent company, Stellantis. During the event, Kuniskis proclaimed that Dodge would not “sell electric cars – it would sell eMuscle,” which is apparently Dodge’s brand for its future electric vehicles. The first eMuscle cars will go into production in 2024.
At the time, Kuniskis had not disclosed the fate of the company’s internal combustion engine vehicles. We now know that they will be phased out as the company reallocates its resources to producing electric vehicles. “These cars you know today won’t be produced by 2024,” Kuniskis said. Motor trend.
Future Dodge electric vehicles will sport the Fratzog logo that was initially used by the company in the 1960s and 1970s. It features a divided deltoid made up of three arrowhead shapes that form a three-pointed star. The new version is designed to be three-dimensional and includes LED lighting.
In addition to electric versions of the Charger and Challenger vehicles, Dodge also plans to produce electric trucks, including a battery-powered Ram 1500 that would rival Ford’s upcoming F-150 Lightning. Dodge’s sister companies, such as Jeep, Chrysler and the PSA Group brands, also produce electric vehicles.
It is not yet clear how muscle car fans will react to the news that their beloved Hemi engines are not long for this world. Electric vehicles are no slouch when it comes to acceleration, with many electric sports cars boasting of being 0-60 times faster than most gasoline equivalents. Where they differentiate, however, is the sound – or rather the absence of sound – when they accelerate.