Charge’s all-electric Ford Mustang has less noise, more horsepower
By removing the fireworks and keeping the pony car’s classic ’60s lines, the all-electric Charge Automotive Mustang that appeared at Goodwood last weekend bridges the old and the new.
It won’t shame a Tesla Roadster, but each of the 499 Charge Mustangs available to reserve simultaneously profess American classic car heritage and progressive electric technology.
Nevertheless, the 499 electrically-refitted Mustangs are produced by the London-based Charge Automotive “in intensive collaboration” (according to Charge’s website) with fellow London-based company Arrival, the first commercial vehicle manufacturer in Europe to provide purpose-built electric delivery vehicles to UPS’s specifications. You won’t see a galloping chrome example of America’s sturdiest native equine breed gracing the hood, but instead a strange cross between a stick man and a snowflake. (Neither of which, coincidently, run on gas.)
The electric underpinnings of Charge’s Mustang—according to multiple reports but not officially confirmed by Charge—include four motors, one per wheel, with a total battery capacity of 64 kWh. The mysterious “AiWD” system yields up to 350 kW of power and 7500 Nm of torque at the motor over a maximum range of 200 miles. If you’re more concerned with stretching out skid marks than battery range, Charge says its Mustang can hit 60 mph in 3.99 seconds.
As for the bodies, Charge claims that its “officially licensed shells preserve the classic design and styling of the legendary Ford Mustang.”
Unfortunately, you won’t see footage of this Mustang stampeding up the hill climb at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Instead, it was resting quiet and snowflake-like in Michelin’s Supercar Paddock.
- Charge Automotive, London, Great Britain
- Body style: “1960s” (That’s as specific as it gets)
- Price starts at £300,000 = $373,890
- 64 kWh battery capacity
- 50 kW DC charging
- 200 mi range
- 3.99 sec 0–60 mph
- 350 kW peak power
- 7500 Nm wheel torque
- 1200 Nm motor torque
- AiWD (reportedly four motors, one per wheel)
- Production: 499 “brand-new electric 1960s Mustangs” available to reserve