The U.K.’s Charge Automotive has announced that it will roll out this Ford Mustang EV at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed in early July. Unlike Ford’s long teased and fully modern Mustang-themed Mach E EV, the Charge Automotive Mustang EV is more of a restomod, based on the 1967 Mustang fastback. Sadly, it will not be making a run up the hill at Goodwood, but rather will spend its time chilling-and, no doubt, charging-on display in Michelin’s supercar paddock. The good news, though, is that Charge Automotive tells C/D the Mustang EV will be available to U.S. buyers.
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Charge has trotted out a few of the critical numbers, but some details remain unclear. With a quoted 885 lb-ft of maximum torque to all four wheels, a sub-four-second zero-to-60-mph time, and a top speed of 149 mph, the Charge Mustang EV is certainly no slouch. A 64.0-kWh battery pack gives a claimed 200 miles of range, and its 50-kW DC charging should provide for reasonably fast recharges; the car will also provide for user-selectable rear- or all-wheel-drive modes.
The motors and other core components are provided by Arrival, a fellow British company and partner to Charge that is currently pioneering the development of EV vans. The company has offered up few additional details about the fitment, orientation, and location of the battery pack and associated hardware, although the video below gives some indication.
Built from officially licensed new reproduction body shells, the battery-electric Mustang is based on the 1967 Mustang fastback body style. It also bears a more than passing resemblance to Eleanor, the infamous Shelby Mustang GT500 from Jerry Bruckheimer’s 2000 remake of Gone in Sixty Seconds, particularly the taillamps and rear spoiler. Photos of the interior are limited to a few hazy images on the Charge Cars Facebook page, but it appears to employ bits of carbon fiber and smooth minimalistic surfaces combined with a large center screen to control the various functions.
Charge is making just 499 examples of the Mustang EV, is currently taking reservations, and plans to start delivering customer cars in September 2019. The quoted $381,000 asking price is only a starting point, the company hastens to add. Naturally, they’re more than happy to work with buyers to create the car of their dreams.
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