Dodge has announced that new generations of Charger and Challenger will go all-electric, we could all agree that there is no better indicator that the whole automotive world will abandon ICE cars at some point in the future. At this point, we know for sure that the 2024 Dodge Challenger EV will come with a completely new design and that it will offer performance that will be comparable with the current-generation models. Moreover, the latest reports suggest that this is going to be a pretty special vehicle.
We say this because Dodge engineers will do anything to keep traditional muscle cars satisfied, and we can all agree that will be extremely hard. So, the company prepares some pretty interesting design solutions, which will include emulated exhaust sound, as well as multi-speed transmission, which is something we haven’t seen from electric cars so far.
2024 Dodge Challenger EV Design
Although with a familiar nameplate, the 2024 Dodge Challenger EV will be pretty much a brand-new vehicle. Simply, it won’t have anything in common with the outgoing generation, at least in terms of mechanics. It will be built on the company’s new platform, dedicated to electric cars, which will open a whole new spectrum of possibilities when it comes to advanced technologies.
The new platform will feature 800-volt battery technology, which will ensure fast charging speeds and many other benefits. At this point, the exact battery capacity is still unknown but reports suggest that some versions will be able to make up to 500 miles on a single charge.
2024 Dodge Challenger EV Drivetrain and Performance
At this point, we know that the 2024 Dodge Challenger EV will be offered in at least three variants when it comes to drivetrain and max output. We presume that the company will use the same designation as in the case of the upcoming all-electric Charger, with which most of the parts will be shared. Therefore, the base model should come with 340 badges and a max output of 455 horsepower.
The 440 will be the name of the mid-range version, which will feature a dual-motor setup and a max output of 590 horsepower. Finally, we count on the high-performance version, which should carry the famous SRT badge. At this point, the power figures are still unknown but we presume that the company will tend to outpower the current Hellcat models, which feature over 800 horsepower in some configurations.
Multi-Speed Transmission and Exhaust System
As we already mentioned, Dodge will do anything to satisfy its loyal customers and, therefore, the main task is to ensure the same level of excitement as in traditional muscle cars. The two most important ingredients are sound and multiple gears and Dodge plans to take care of both.
So, unlike other electric cars, which come with single-, eventually two-speed transmissions, the 2024 Dodge Challenger EV will feature a multi-speed transmission. Given the fact that the max power and torque are available in an impressive rev range in the case of an electric motor, such a transmission is not necessary at all. It will be installed for the pure joy of drivers, to preserve the excitement that comes with changing gears at heavy acceleration.
Of course, sound is the second critical ingredient and if we can trust the latest reports, Dodge will install a special exhaust system, which will provide a sound that’s similar to ICE cars. From what we know so far, the all-electric Challenger will be as loud as its ICE predecessor, with a level of noise that’s on par with the SRT Hellcat.
Exterior and Interior
The outgoing generation of the famous pony is arguably one of the best-designed cars in the last few decades, thanks to aesthetics that closely resemble the old Challenger from the 70s. Therefore, we are pretty sure that the new 2024 Dodge Challenger EV won’t bring any radical changes. The overall aesthetical approach should remain the same, with a lot of similarities with the previous generation. So, the only upgrades we could see are slightly more aggressive body panels, along with details that accentuate the model’s all-electric nature.
On the other hand, things about the interior are still a mystery. The outgoing generation doesn’t impress in this aspect, which is normal if we consider the model’s age. So, we presume that the company’s designers will put a lot of effort into making the new cabin look more attractive. Still, we can’t say at this point whether the new model is about to follow the trends of the latest EV cars and offer a minimalist dashboard design, or we are about to see something more classic. Time will tell.
2024 Dodge Challenger EV Release Date and Price
The officials are still quiet about the launch date but most rumors suggest late 2023 or early 2024. We estimate that the base versions could cost around 55-60.000 dollars.