Not everyone will be happy about this.
At first glance, this looks like an ordinary 1960s Ford Mustang, but it’s hiding a secret. While the iconic muscle car is synonymous with gas-guzzling and noisy V8s, this Mustang is more efficient and makes less noise than any other. That’s because it’s fully electric. Created by Charge Electric, the fully electric Mustang was showcased at the Michelin stand at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
While fitting a vintage Mustang with a modern electric powertrain may seem like sacrilege, Charge Electric has been careful not to upset fans of the pony car by using licensed modern shells that "preserve the classic design and styling of the legendary Ford Mustang.” Replacing the Mustang’s V8 heart is a 64 kWh battery pack and a pair of electric motors that provide the muscle car with all-wheel drive and produce a total of 536 horsepower and 885 lb-ft of torque.
This setup enables the electric Mustang to hit 0-62 mph in under 3.99 seconds and reach a top speed of 149 mph, which is significantly faster than the original first-generation Mustang it’s based on. Driving range is said to be around 200 miles.
In addition to the electric powertrain, the new electric Mustang also sports some cosmetic changes. A bulging hood, large grille extending into the lower fascia, and a spoiler sculpted into the trunk lid give it a more aggressive appearance than the original. In contrast to the retro-inspired exterior, the high-tech interior has been fitted with a large tablet screen that looks like it was lifted from a Tesla, allowing the driver to switch from rear- to all-wheel drive and select the suspension mode.
Only 499 examples of the electric Mustang are being built, with each costing £300,000 ($380,620). Customer deliveries will start in September 2019. In the future, Ford will also launch an EV of its own in the form of a fully electric SUV inspired by the Mustang.
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