Dodge Is The Modern Muscle Leader – What Will Their Move Be In The Electrification Game?


Dodge Is The Modern Muscle Leader – What Will Their Move Be In The Electrification Game?

(By Tom Lohnes) – Ah yes, electrification. It is most definitely happening quickly, as states like California already vow to end Internal-combustion powered cars by the year 2035. Dodge, might be about the least likely company to make an EV in the short term future but they are hard at work reinventing the muscle car for the electric era.

What will this be? Who knows. A good thing about this is to make an EV, Dodge probably has to develop a new chassis, so expect the 25-year-old Mercedes platform to leave the stable with the engine. Stellantis has no dedicated EV platform that we know of at the moment, so it will be interesting to see a Charger or Challenger with a chassis specifically developed for it.

Other than gas engines, Dodge also does burnouts the best of any manufacturer (just ask my dad). So, expect their EV to be a dual-motor setup, but instead of one in the front and one in the rear, one for each rear wheel. With the tire-shredding torque basically all EVs make today, Dodge can definitely make these things feel like muscle cars.

So, will an EV muscle car ever make it to your garage? Once battery tech improves, these things have big potential. Just get used to them not making noise.


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5 thoughts on “Dodge Is The Modern Muscle Leader – What Will Their Move Be In The Electrification Game?

  1. Curtis

    I appreciate Bangshift keeping us all abreast of the current automotive trends. With that being said, I think it was Elon Musk, or the CEO of Toyota who recently stated that “for an automotive company to go all electric is to commit financial suicide.” Electricity doesn’t come from the ground, it is converted from fossil fuels. So we will still be using fossil fuels, and the conversion process is a more inefficient use of fossil fuels than if we were to use them outright. Until we change the political climate in America and decide whether or not we are going to go with socialism or freedom we are going to continue to have these see-saw battles over the consumption of fossil fuels versus “green energy”, which isn’t really that green.

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  2. Brendan

    Not quite true. The most efficient gas engine is 41% efficient under perfect conditions, I believe it’s the Prius engine. Most gas engines under cruise are achieving 20-25% thermal efficiency, meaning 20-25% of the available energy in the gas is being converted to engine power, the rest is wasted heat. Even an old, inefficient coal power plant operates at 35% efficiency, modern NG plants are ~60% efficient. So it’s far more efficient to convert it to electricity, even if our electrical grid were 100% natural gas.

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  3. Gary

    When I grew up in upstate N.Y. during the late ’60’s- early ’70’s, New York and New Jersey, not to mention California and other large urban areas, were already experiencing power brown- and blackouts. So in the summer time, people come home at the end of the day, crank down the a/c, turn on the tube, (computers today) and other power appliances. WTF do they think will happen when all of a sudden everyone starts to plug in their cars as well? Know what Dodge should do? NAFT! Just keep building gas burners for the rest of the country!

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  4. The Crusty Autoworker

    The biggest challenge that Dodge faces is catching up with GM and Ford in this EV game. While there is no doubt as to who rules the IC muscle car market with the Hellcat everything lineup, Dodge is well behind the other two when it comes to electrification.

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