Dodge is known for cranking out gas guzzling models such as the 707 hp (527 kW / 717 PS) Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, but it appears the company is gearing up to embrace electrification.
Tim Kuniskis didn’t specifically say what that future entails, but he suggested it could mean hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric variants. He also implied the models could come equipped with “e-axles” which would be interesting as future versions of the Charger and Challenger could potentially a front-mounted electric motor which provides all-wheel drive as well as additional power.
Regardless of what happens, Kuniskis believes “electrification will be the key to high performance in the future.” However, he said affordability is an issue as battery prices aren’t low enough where they can be a “mainstream proposition.”
Kuniskis suggested customer acceptable also remains to be seen, but he noted performance models are increasing embracing electrification. In particular, he mentioned the Acura NSX, Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari SF90 Stradale.
While Kuniskis didn’t go into specifics, previous reports have suggested the company is already working on electrification for the Charger and Challenger. Nothing is official, but rumors suggested the automaker is working on a mild-hybrid version of the Hellcat engine.
Details are limited, but the hybrid tech reportedly weighs less than 100 lbs (45 kg) and could potentially deliver an extra 130+ lb-ft (176+ Nm) of torque. The system is reportedly similar to the one used on the Jeep Wrangler’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with eTorque technology. That model has an engine start/stop system, regenerative braking, an extended fuel shut-off and an electric power assist function which delivers an additional 71 lb-ft (96 Nm) of torque.