Charge Cars, a British automotive boutique based in London, has just unveiled its electric – and electrifying – version of a legendary classic: the Ford Mustang fastback 2+2. Modified with an electric powertrain and new millennium features, the Mustang retains the unmistakable image of the early models that enamored the American public.
Purists need not fret, as no classic Mustangs were and will not be sacrificed in building the 499 units Charge Cars plans to produce. The body of this striking electric Mustang is a modern, fully accurate replica made from super-lightweight composite materials and produced under official license from the Ford Motor Company.
And it is that, in reality, the only thing that this Charge Mustang retains from the past are the unmistakable lines of the 1967-1968 Ford Mustang Fastback 2 + 2. The beautiful bodywork, however, hides a completely new car. The Charge Mustang features a twin-motor all-wheel drive powertrain—something the original ’67-68 Mustang couldn’t have dreamed of—powered by a 64 kWh battery. Powertrain components are made by commercial electric vehicle firm Arrival, which is Charge’s technology partner.
Something else the Mustang could only have dreamed of in the late 1960s is this electric Mustang’s 536 clean horsepower and 1,061 pound-feet of torque, which Charge Cars says allow it to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per time in just 3.9 seconds. To give you an idea, the legendary 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 King of the Road, with a 7.0-liter V8 that produced close to 400 horsepower—although Ford only officially recognized 355—that allowed it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, it was the most powerful Mustang with the 67-68 body.
As Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, “With great power comes great responsibility,” so Charge Cars gave their Mustang a front crash structure and beefed up the A-pillars, and fitted it with ABS brakes, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Thus, the autonomy published by the manufacturer is a disappointing 200 miles.
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The design of its sumptuous cabin respects the basic forms of the original model, especially in the dashboard and door panels. The entire space seems to be covered in high-quality leather, something that is less and less favored by electric car users. The Mustang’s old circular instruments are replaced by a digital instrument display, while a large vertically positioned rectangular panel, much like the one used on the Ford Mustang Mach-E, serves to control the vehicle’s internal functions, such as its of information and entertainment.
Now the bad news. The starting price of the electric Charge Mustang is an invaluable £350,000, around $455,000, which can increase depending on the options you choose to equip it with. The 499 scheduled units will begin to be hand-built at Charge Cars’ London facility from next autumn. Those who believe that they cannot live without one of these retro fireballs can make a reservation online right now.