Dodge will discontinue gasoline-powered Charger and Challenger in 2024 to make way for EVs

Dodge will stop production of its gasoline-powered Charger sedan and Challenger coupe in 2024 to make way for the automaker’s first electric vehicles.

Dodge Brand CEO Tim Kuniskis shed new light on the timeline in an interview this week with Motorcycle trend. The company will roll out its first electric muscle concept car in 2022, followed by a plug-in hybrid vehicle and a mysterious third vehicle.

Dodge had previously announced its intention to produce its first EV in 2024 at an electric vehicle strategy event by the automaker’s parent company, Stellantis, in July. At the event, Kuniskis stated that Dodge wouldn’t “sell electric cars — it’ll sell eMuscle,” which is apparently the Dodge branding for its future EVs. The first eMuscle cars will go into production in 2024.

At the time, Kuniskis did not reveal the fate of the company’s internal combustion engine vehicles. Now we know they will be phased out as the company shifts resources to EV production. “These cars that you know today will be out of production by the time we arrive in 2024,” Kuniskis told . Motorcycle trend.

Dodge’s future EVs will bear the Fratzog logo originally used by the company in the 1960s and 1970s. It has a split deltoid muscle made of three arrowhead shapes that form a three-pointed star. The new version is designed to be three-dimensional and includes LED lighting.

In addition to electric versions of Charger and Challenger vehicles, Dodge also plans to produce electric trucks, including a battery-powered Ram 1500 that would compete with Ford’s upcoming F-150 Lightning. Sister companies of Dodge, such as Jeep, Chrysler and brands of the PSA Groupe, also produce electric vehicles.

It remains unclear how muscle car fans will react to the news that their beloved Hemi bikes won’t be around for long. EVs are no slouch when it comes to acceleration, with many electric sports cars boasting about 0-60 times faster than most gasoline equivalents. Where they do differentiate, however, is the sound – or rather the absence of sound – as they accelerate.

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