Purists will hate it.
Much to the chagrin of purists, several specialist companies offer electrified versions of cherished motoring icons. Classic car aficionados can select any number of vehicles, such as a battery-powered Range Rover Classic or a 1970s Porsche 911. What you lose in engine noise is made up for with effortless performance and reliability. But some cars, such as the Ford Mustang, need an evocative-sounding exhaust note.
As we pivot toward electromobility, carmakers will have no choice but to adapt, with the Blue Oval reportedly working on a Mustang Coupe EV for 2028. But if you can't wait until then and prefer the looks of the original, a British company called Charge Cars may have the ideal solution. Whatever you may think of electrifying classic cars, you cannot argue that this black-painted Mustang is a menacing beauty. With a claimed 0 to 60 mph dash of just 3.9 seconds, it's quick too.
Based on the styling of a 1967 Mustang Fastback, the Electric Mustang by Charge is no ordinary restomod. The company notes this isn't another restored and electrified classic, but rather a "brand new electric Mustang, completely redefined." The impressive performance is courtesy of a 64-kWh battery, which provides around 536 horsepower and 1,106 ft-lb of torque. The travel range is rated at a fairly middling 200 miles.
But the Electric Mustang by Charge isn't just about outright performance. The London-based company is promising a truly luxurious experience and, judging by the sumptuously appointed cabin, they're on the right track. While not much detail is given about the cabin, Charge notes it will feature state-of-the-art componentry. Digital dials and a portrait infotainment screen can be seen in the images, though.
The company encourages customers to create bespoke vehicles. "We encourage all our customers to personalize their cars, to express their creativity and personality through the colors, materials, and details they choose." Before optional extras and accessories, the Mustang will set you back a hefty £350,000 (approx $406,000). There's no denying that's a lot of money, but the company is, at least, promising it will be exclusive. Charge Cars plans on producing just 499 units.
Those seeking an electric Ford would be better off with the Mustang Mach-E, but for monied car collectors, this will have plenty of appeal. The company is no stranger to electrifying Ford's iconic muscle car. In 2019, Charge Cars previewed an equally limited Mustang EV, with Shelby GT500-aping looks.