By the end of the year, Dodge's electrified future will look a lot clearer.
Of all the mainstream automakers out there, Dodge is perhaps more closely associated with power and noise - and not zero-emissions motoring - than any other. Even a base Durango SUV makes close to 300 horsepower. But Dodge will inevitably go electric like every other brand and that applies to its lineup of muscle cars as well. In July last year, Dodge confirmed that a battery-electric muscle car would arrive in 2024, and Stellantis has big plans for EV battery production in North America. But wherever it's built, will the electric muscle car be able to match a current Challenger SRT Hellcat? We should have a clearer idea soon as we now know when this car will debut.
According to The Detroit News, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis hopes to show a concept version of the all-electric muscle car before the reveal of the plug-in hybrid Hornet SUV in August. That means we could possibly see the new muscle car as early as July. Specifics were not divulged by Kuniskis although he did say that the brand initially planned to show the muscle car concept in the first quarter of this year. That timeline was derailed, said Kuniskis, by something that is "outside of my control, it's outside our industry, quite frankly." It's possible that he was referring to continued supply chain delays facing the industry as a whole.
The Hornet is likely to debut during the Speed Week that takes place along with the Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights events in August. The SUV will be built alongside the Alfa Romeo Tonale which makes up to 272 horsepower.
As for the electric muscle car, technical details remain scarce. Dodge previously said it would "sell American eMuscle," a confident statement that leads us to believe the Challenger SRT Super Stock's 807-hp output could be under threat. It will be built on one of four new EV platforms with ranges of between 300 and 500 miles. Hopefully, nothing gets in the way of us being able to set our eyes on the electric muscle car concept in August.