While Ford puts the finishing touches on a hybridized version of their modern pony car, London-based startup Charge Cars is poised to unleash a fleet of all-electric vintage Mustang fastbacks on well-heeled members of the motoring public.
Set to debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Charge isn’t actually the first outfit to put an all-electric power train into a vintage Mustang and head to the races. That distinction belongs to Mitch Medford and a ’68 fastback he dubbed the Zombie 222, a project that made waves back in 2015.
But the Charge Cars machine presents itself less like a one-off science experiment and more like a finished product, here replete with the now-iconic “Eleanor” bodywork that was made famous in the modern interpretation of “Gone in Sixty Seconds.”
Pop the hood and there’s no iron-block V8 to be found. Thrust is instead delivered by a pair of electric motors that send 885 lb-ft of torque to all four corners, resulting in a 0-60 mph dash of about four seconds flat on the way to a top speed of 149 miles per hour. Those figures might not make it the quickest Mustang in history, but it’s definitely got more spring in its step than it did when it rolled out of Ford’s assembly plant half a century ago.
Charge’s Mustang should out-handle its original counterpart by a wide margin as well, due not only to being equipped with modern suspension components, massive brakes, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber, but also because of the low center of gravity provided by its 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, which is said to offer 200 miles of range and 50 kW DC fast charging compatibility.
“We are extremely proud to be partnering with Michelin to unveil our fully electric Mustang at the Goodwood Festival of Speed; one of the biggest, most exciting motorsport events in the world,” said Vadim Shagaleev, Charge Cars’ chief executive officer. “Our fully electric Mustang is built not only on cutting edge technology and expertise but immense passion – from our love of preserving iconic design to our belief in an emission-free future.”
Charge Cars cites past engineering projects with the likes of Williams F1, McLaren Automotive, and Jaguar Land Rover as part of their automotive résumé. Key hardware components for the Mustang will be supplied by Charge’s technical partner, Arrival.
The British company has yet to reveal proper photos of the cabin, but promises “luxury bespoke interiors, rich in ambiance and detail,” with a “personalized digital interface” to control the various functions of the vehicle. Images on the company’s website hint at the potential to raise or lower the Mustang’s suspension on the fly and alternate between all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive locomotion using that interface.
Charge Cars plans to make just 499 examples of their electric Mustang, each with a hefty price tag of £300,000 (or about $380,000 US), with orders heading out the door starting in September of this year.