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Stealthy, all-electric classic Mustang on its way to Goodwood

Charge has partnered with Arrival on electric components for its Mustang
Charge has partnered with Arrival on electric components for its Mustang
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The Charge electric Mustang prepares for its big debut
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The Charge electric Mustang prepares for its big debut
Charge styles its Mustang quite simply but effectively, giving it a look reminiscent of a high-end suit or tux
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Charge styles its Mustang quite simply but effectively, giving it a look reminiscent of a high-end suit or tux
Inside the Charge Mustang
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Inside the Charge Mustang
A large tablet-like infotainment screen and rounded digital instrument display provide a modern driver interface
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A large tablet-like infotainment screen and rounded digital instrument display provide a modern driver interface
No seats in back, Charge adds in a more practical storage deck
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No seats in back, Charge adds in a more practical storage deck
Charge sources officially licensed shells before modernizing them into electric sports coupes
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Charge sources officially licensed shells before modernizing them into electric sports coupes
Inside the Charge Mustang
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Inside the Charge Mustang
The Charge Mustang definitely looks ready to rip
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The Charge Mustang definitely looks ready to rip
Charge will debut the prototype at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed
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Charge will debut the prototype at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed
Charge gives the classic Mustang 536 hp of electric muscle
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Charge gives the classic Mustang 536 hp of electric muscle
Charge updates the look, particularly up front
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Charge updates the look, particularly up front
Charge electric Mustang
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Charge electric Mustang
The Charge Mustang can sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.99 seconds
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The Charge Mustang can sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.99 seconds
Top speed: 149 mph
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Top speed: 149 mph
Charge has partnered with Arrival on electric components for its Mustang
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Charge has partnered with Arrival on electric components for its Mustang
Charge electric Mustang
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Charge electric Mustang

London's Charge Automotive is preparing to emerge from the smoke and shadows with an impressive sports car that's sure to terrify small children, even without a V8 rumbling under its hood scoop. The blacked-out, 1967-style Mustang fastback features a 536-hp (400-kW) electric powertrain spinning all four wheels for up to 200 miles (322 km). The prototype will make its debut at next month's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

No matter how many times we've seen it on the likes of the Renovo Shelby and Jaguar E-Zero, there's just something tantalizing about vintage car styling melding with cutting-edge electric powertrain technology. And Charge seems to agree.

"We redefine great classic cars with advanced electric technology while preserving their iconic design," the automaker lays out on it website. "We believe in an emission-free future while giving ultimate performance to epic auto legends."

Charge starts off with an officially licensed Mustang shell before adding in some updates to make it look every bit as mean as the 5,530 lb-ft (7,498 Nm) of torque at the wheels. It stacks up a massive two-level grille, drops in some modern lighting, and drenches every curve and crease in a silky black suit fit for a hitman.

Charge updates the look, particularly up front
Charge updates the look, particularly up front

It's a looker to be sure, but the real innovation comes below the updated retro lines. Charge has swapped in an electric motor at each wheel, a quarter that sends the car from 0 to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in a hair under four seconds before powering onward to a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h). The 64-kWh battery pack delivers up to 200 miles (322 km) of driving between charges.

Inside, Charge brings the classic Mustang into the modern era with a tuxedo-like black-and-white motif, glossy carbon trim and a fully digital interface with oval instrument screen and tablet-style center display. A luggage deck replaces the cramped seats in back.

Inside the Charge Mustang
Inside the Charge Mustang

Charge has created a slick car, but £300,000+ (approx. US$382,250) worth of slick? We're not so sure. But it's betting that up to 499 customers will be, capping production of the limited edition e-muscle car just under 500 cars.

Charge will hold the world premiere of its electric Mustang prototype at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which gets underway on Thursday, July 4. Visitors will find it in the Michelin Supercar Paddock. Customer deliveries will begin in September.

We'll bring you more details once Charge releases them unto the masses.

Source: Charge Automotive

6 comments
toyhouse
Sure to terrify young children? Yeah, nothing more terrifying than a mustang whooshing by like a gentle summer breeze. Sorry! Some things probably shouldn't be done. Now watch how wrong I am and they'll sell in large numbers. Sigh....
Mr T
Actually, given the level of customisation, it's worth that, if you have the cash. Much nicer than some wanky lambo or ferrari. If course, it is money that could be much better spent, but the world seems to be full of rich people with very little common sense...
TomLeeM
I think it wrong to electrify a classic Mustang. It would not have that classic sound when it is run. I think it is ruined.
Captain Danger
536 hp and 5000 +ft lb of torque , 4 wheel drive and the 0-60 time is 4 seconds? I would have expected sub 3 seconds. I do like the look but it is a 67 fastback , if you don't like the look of it then you have problems. I wonder if it gets registered as a 67 model, because it would not meet modern safety requirements.
TomLeeM
just because you can doesn't mean you should. this is one of these. I think they ruined the classic Mustang.
ljaques
That's only about a third of a million dollars too steep for me, and the interior is...well, fugly. Dad and I restored a 64-1/2 Ford Mustang 289 auto. That was one sweet car to drive, but you could sure lose traction quickly.