1967 Ford Mustang EV by Charge Cars
The same iconic 1960s Mustang shape motivated by a powerful all-electric powertrainby Andrei Nedelea, on
Electrifying older cars is an area with huge potential because the vehicles that result from such conversions have classic style and modern performance, all with zero tailpipe emissions. That’s why projects like this 1967 Ford Mustang that’s been modified by Charge Cars in the UK is so intriguing because it not only (still) looks the part, but it’s also blisteringly fast and packed with cool tech too.
1967 Ford Mustang EV by Charge Cars
What is the All-Electric 1967 Ford Mustang Like?
Having seen it in person at this year’s edition of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, I must say that from the outside there is little to announce the breadth of modifications that have been done to this car. Its body has been left untouched, but there are subtle touches to announce this is no ordinary Mustang. Charge has changed the car’s grille and front bumper, included new front and rear light clusters, and added large, 19-inch, ten-spoke alloy wheels.
All the car’s exterior lights are powerful new LEDs, and the rear light cluster is actually fully sequential, like the turn signals on newer Audis.
And this subtle exterior makeover hints at what’s been done inside. Now, while the exterior may not be extremely telling as to the modifications, once you step inside the Charge Mustang, you are struck by the more obvious mix of new and old.
The car’s old fashioned analog dials have been replaced with a fully digital gauge cluster, and the main point of focus on the center console is a massive portrait-style screen that allows for control of all the car’s functions. We’ve so far not been given a full run-through of what can be changed through this screen, but it looks similar to what you get in a Tesla.
You can, for instance, change whether you want the car in all- or rear-wheel drive, raise or lower the ride height, turn the lights on or off, and adjust the climate and driving mode (the car’s three modes are Eco, Sport, and Ultimate).
But aside from the infusion of tech, the car will undoubtedly come finished to a very high standard in order to justify the price tag. It rivals brand new supercars in terms of price, so it needs to at least deliver part of that high-end experience that buyers looking to spend supercar money on an electrified classic want - they won’t want the standard 60s Mustang interior, that’s for sure.
What powers the All-Electric 1967 Ford Mustang?
Motivating the Charge Mustang is a pair of electric motors that produce a combined 469 horsepower, which is an impressive figure for something the size of a Mustang. What’s probably more important, though, is the 1,200 Nm (885 pound-foot) torque figure that will undoubtedly make the car feel especially spritely on the move. It should also make burnouts not only possible but extremely easy. Its creators say the car should be able to sprint to sixty in 4 seconds, and its claimed top speed is 239 km/h (149 mph).
Its quoted range is 320 km (200 miles), and it comes courtesy of a 64-kWh battery pack that supports fast-charging up to 50 kW.
|Battery Capacity||64 kWh|
|DC Charging||50 kW|
|0 — 60 mph||3.99 sec|
|Top Speed||239 km/h (149 mph)|
|Peak Power||350 kW|
|Wheel Torque||7500 Nm|
|Motor Torque||1200 Nm|
How Much Does the All-Electric 1967 Mustang Cost?
Charge Cars wants from £300,000 ($373,600) for an electric Mustang, and the price will go up depending on what extras you may want on it or what personalization options you go for. The plan is to make 499 examples and reservations are already open. Apparently, first deliveries are set to start as soon as September of this year.
Does the All-Electric 1967 Ford Mustang Have Any Competition?
If you want a high-end electrified classic, this Mustang isn’t your only option. Jaguar Classic is officially working on an all-electric version of its iconic E-Type. It’s a joint project done in collaboration with Electrifi, and it will be called the Evolution Electrifi Jaguar E-Type. At the moment, details are scarce, but will apparently have around 450 horsepower, a sprint time to sixty of under 4 seconds, and a top speed of 265 km/h (165 mph). We specifically lack details on one very important matter - range - because the manufacturer has not announced it or the capacity of the battery pack.
However, this all-electric E-Type will be around three times more expensive than the Charge Mustang, so it will probably address a different set of buyers with a higher budget. It will be delivered with the original combustion engine it would have come with back in the day, and Jaguar says the electrification is fully reversible - not that you’d want to pay nearly $1-million for one then rip out all the electrics and put the six-cylinder back in. It’s cool that it’s possible, and that you’re given an actual engine with the purchase of a car, but I don’t think anybody will ever do that to one of these cars.
Read our full review on the All Electric Jaguar E-Type
All-Electric Aston Martin DB6
Aston Martin has a similar project going, although from what I understand, they won’t actually be selling you the car as brand new. What Aston will be offering, though, is a bespoke EV conversion kit for the gorgeous DB6 of the late 1960s, so you’ll probably have to source the car yourself, then pay Aston to convert it using this kit that’s currently being developed. However, other than the fact that it is related to the powertrain of the Rapide E, we have no actual details.
The automaker did reveal a concept as a poster vehicle for what it’s trying to achieve with this project, but in the official photos it just looks like a normal DB6 - beautiful, but not different in any way. This will be a conversion for those who won’t want any kind of modern touches spoiling the authenticity of the experience, well, other than the electric motor whir that replaces the growl of the original six-cylinder.
Ford is Making Its Own All-Electric Mustang
Well, sort of, anyway... Ford has an all-electric Mustang-inspired crossover in the works and it too is right around the corner. Yes, in case this is the first time you’re hearing of this, you read it right - an high-riding, all-electric, Mustang-inspired crossover that will, according to Ford executive Chairman, Bill Ford, “go like hell.”
Unlike Charge Cars’ electrified Mustang, though, it will be a much cheaper and more attainable vehicle with far higher sales targets. It will, therefore, be more practical (it’s a four-door with a proper trunk) and its range of “at least 300 miles” (480 km) would also put it ahead of the Charge Mustang.
So if you’re after an all-electric Mustang and you fancy what Charge did, but you have a family to carry around and not enough budget to cover it, then you might want to wait for Ford’s version - it just might turn out to be very good and, with sales planned for 2020, the wait won’t be excessively long either.
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