Electrification Is The “Absolute Future” Of The Dodge Charger And Challenger

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.

Speaking with Automotive News, FCA’s North American Head of Passenger Cars said he sees electrification as the “absolute future” of the Charger and Challenger.

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.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye-70

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.

  • kachuks

    I’m glad Charger and Challenger have a future, is what im reading.

    Wish 300 was included too. It’s actually my favorite of the FCA big cars.

    • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

      straight up…i wanna buy a 300s

  • Ben

    I’ve said it here before, supercharger whine is similar to supercharger whine. However, it takes a Mad Max automaker like Dodge to pull that off successfully.

    I can see it now “The new Challenger with 1,000hp…and an extra 400hp electric motor boost, just pull the paddles and hold on!! Electric power gets you off the tree and our HEMI throws you down the black top…under 9 seconds(crowd goes wild).”

  • dll1183

    I’d be shocked if eTorque wasn’t a part of future Challengers and Chargers. The possibility of electric motors adding additional power to the front wheels is intriguing. Japanese kei cars have used this for AWD (usually on the rear wheels) for some time.

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  • Exotics

    Just imagine if Tesla never existed and didn’t spank the Lolcat hundreds of times on YouTube

    Would Dodge be saying this about the Charger and Challenger? Highly unlikely

    Thank you Tesla

  • Matteo Tommasi

    I mean… they announced that they’ll use the ZF gearbox with integrated electric motor, it’ll make hos way in every FR FCA car

  • Dark Rebel

    So basically performance hybrids! This configuration is the most intriguing to me. Still get the awesome sound from an ice plus the torque of the motors.

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