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Dodge Charges Ahead with the First Fully Electric Charger

The latest iteration of this iconic model boasts an electrifying performance with up to 500kW generated by dual electric motors...

In a groundbreaking move, Dodge, a subsidiary of the global automotive giant Stellantis, has unveiled the highly anticipated 2024 Charger muscle car. The latest iteration of this iconic model boasts an electrifying performance with up to 500kW generated by dual electric motors, marking a significant departure from the traditional V8 engines that defined its predecessors.

Contrary to previous denials by company executives, Dodge has surprised enthusiasts by introducing a turbocharged six-cylinder engine option, delivering an impressive 410kW. This move indicates a shift towards a more diverse powertrain lineup, aligning with the industry’s growing focus on electrification.

The 2024 Charger comes in two body styles, a two-door coupe and a four-door sedan, both sharing a platform known as STLA Large. This platform is set to underpin future models from various Stellantis brands, including Alfa Romeo, Maserati, and Jeep.

The electric variants of the Charger, labeled as Daytona R/T and Scat Pack, feature dual electric motors delivering 370kW and 548Nm in the R/T, and an astounding 500kW and 850Nm in the Scat Pack. Notably, these figures are achieved in ‘PowerShot’ mode, providing a burst of full power for 15 seconds, while normal driving sees slightly lower outputs.

Dodge has firmly ruled out the return of the V8 engine, opting for an all-automatic, all-wheel-drive configuration for the petrol variants. The electric models showcase an innovative battery system, boasting a 442-volt nickel-cobalt-aluminium battery with a usable capacity of 93.9kWh, offering a claimed driving range of over 500km for the R/T and 418km for the Scat Pack.

Charging is expedited with DC fast charging capabilities of up to 183kW, allowing a 5 to 80 percent recharge in just 32.5 minutes. The Charger also introduces regenerative braking, customizable through steering wheel paddles, capturing energy during deceleration.

Noteworthy is the upcoming Banshee electric model, expected to surpass 600kW, featuring an 800-volt electrical system and a two-speed transmission.

The Charger’s design, reminiscent of the 2022 Charger Daytona concept, includes Daytona badges for the electric versions and pays homage to the iconic Sixpack badge from 1970s Valiant Chargers for the turbo six-cylinder variant.

Performance enthusiasts can revel in features like adaptive suspension, launch control, Drift Mode, and a unique “Donut Mode” that allows the car to spin only the rear wheels, promising an exhilarating driving experience.

Inside, the Charger boasts a modern, tech-forward cabin with a digital instrument display, a large infotainment touchscreen, and an array of available features, including a premium sound system, wireless connectivity, and advanced safety technologies.

Production of the electric Charger Daytona coupe is slated to commence in mid-2024, with the four-door Charger and petrol Sixpack variants following in the first quarter of 2025. Despite the excitement surrounding this groundbreaking model, there are no plans for right-hand-drive production or availability in Australia.

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