Just 499 examples of the modernised classic muscle car will be produced, priced from £300,000
Felix Page Autocar writer
5 July 2019

A new electric Ford Mustang from London start-up Charge Automotive has made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The company will produce 499 battery-powered examples of the iconic muscle car, using officially licensed 1960s-style bodyshells. Prices will start at £300,000.

Fitted with a 64kWh battery pack and electric motors producing 469bhp, the limited-edition model is said to be significantly faster than the V8-powered Mk1 Mustang upon which it's based.

Charge Automotive claims a top speed of 149mph and 0-60mph time of 4.0sec from its creation, with torque output rated at 885lb ft. 

The electric Mustang’s part-time four-wheel drive powertrain is supplied by EV technology company Arrival. It's claimed to have a range of 200 miles and is capable of 50kW DC charging.

Further details about the model remain scarce, but a personalised digital interface is said to feature as part of a ‘high-end’ interior. 

Reservations are open now, with first deliveries expected in September. 

Charge Automotive is the latest firm to add to the growing number of zero-emissions classic cars. California-based Zero Labs recently revealed a retro-inspired electric Ford Bronco, while mainstream manufacturers Aston Martin and Jaguar have begun producing converted versions of their iconic DB6 Volante and E-Type sports cars. 

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20 June 2019

Very cool, but takes away what is surely one of the most defining features of a mustang; V8 noise?

Jameson

20 June 2019

 That’s a big number, £300.000 for a retro look EV, who is going to go for that?

Peter Cavellini.

20 June 2019

If it is a "British firm", WHY NOT START WITH ONE OF YOUR OWN...?  The Capri or the 'Cozze' is the logical choice. Leave the yank's trollop to the yanks me says

 

A classic auto based on a rumbling and burbling V8 that makes naught sound in retro-guise, is a little like kissing your Sister (I imagine)... It's awkward and definitiely NOT proper, Something important would be missing. 

20 June 2019

Converting an existing car to an EV drivetrain is a pretty green thing to do, I suppose. But using classic cars who's driving experience is generally dominated by their petrol engine seems strange to me. Imagine the terrible NVH and excessive noise of everything creaking with no engine noise to drown it out. I'm out.


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20 June 2019

....someone is having a laugh.

The only point of a Mustang is its soundtrack. To pay £250k premium to have a milk cart engine is bizarre and just ridiculous.

Someone needs to put a stop to these 'green classics' now, its pathetic and pointless.

20 June 2019

Sorry, but that just looks wrong from the front and back.  If they are going to base it on a Mustang, make it authentic.  Otherwise, what's the point, why not start from scratch.

20 June 2019

This is quite funny and I'm unsure why people aren't more amused - I laughed out loud. It's fair to say that it will sell in limited numbers due to the limited number of people that think this is a credible, well-considered and well-engineered concept. If I had to guess the number of people that would think this worthy of considering it is two, maybe three. One will obviously be the man starting it and one of his (or her) friends. The third might be someone who likes a mash-up of the 90s modded look and 2000s BMW angel-lights and contemporary stupidity - one who thinks that sticking the wrong engine in a car makes any financial, ecological or emotional sense for buyer or seller.

Daftest idea of the week? Well, there's still Friday to go.

21 June 2019
Cersai Lannister wrote:

This is quite funny and I'm unsure why people aren't more amused - I laughed out loud. It's fair to say that it will sell in limited numbers due to the limited number of people that think this is a credible, well-considered and well-engineered concept. If I had to guess the number of people that would think this worthy of considering it is two, maybe three. One will obviously be the man starting it and one of his (or her) friends. The third might be someone who likes a mash-up of the 90s modded look and 2000s BMW angel-lights and contemporary stupidity - one who thinks that sticking the wrong engine in a car makes any financial, ecological or emotional sense for buyer or seller.

Daftest idea of the week? Well, there's still Friday to go.

Couldn't have put it better myself. I'm reassured by the comments that this is unlikely to be considered a good idea by the majority of English people.

21 June 2019

Is everyone in agreement that dumping a classic V8 for an electric motor is bad idea and it should go in Room 101.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

21 June 2019
xxxx wrote:

Is everyone in agreement that dumping a classic V8 for an electric motor is bad idea and it should go in Room 101.

You're right - it's an Autocar comments section first!

Some good came out of this automotive abortion - it's brought us all together!  :-)

They should have fitted an electric motor to a Dodge Charger!

*rimshot*

I'm here all week!

Don't forget to try the salmon!

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