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Dodge will scrap Hemi V8 in iconic muscle cars, make them all-electric

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Gearheads across the U.S. got a shock this week. The iconic Dodge Charger and Challenger muscle cars will soon be electric-only vehicles.

In response to a MotorTrend story saying the Hemi V8 would return for future models of the pair of Dodge classics, a company spokesperson told Motor1 that the report was incorrect. The next generation of both the Charger and the Challenger, according to the outlet, will not only be missing the V8 but also all internal-combustion engine options.

Instead of rumbling, powerful gas engines that have been an iconic part of these American standards, the new Chargers and Challengers will be battery electric vehicles or BEVs.

Though the change will likely not please die-hard fans of muscle cars, the notion of a so-called “BEV muscle car” — or what Dodge calls “eMuscle” — is not a surprise. The carmaker teased an electric muscle car last month that it planned to release in 2024 — and the limited images the company provided evoked memories of the Challenger’s first appearance in 1969 with the 1970 model.

With the year’s surge in gas prices, the e-vehicle market has seen a boost. Forbes reported more than a dozen manufacturers have pledged to make the shift to electric over the coming years. But it’s not going to be a cheap change — something anyone who has watched the current market knows. The combination of the cost to create the cars and, most notably, their batteries, increased demand, and growing scarcity has led to massive price jumps. Kelly Blue Book puts the average price at $65,000.

However, the market is not slowing down. In July, the New York Times reported that Americans are buying up e-vehicles at a record pace and are apparently “undeterred by rising prices and long waits for delivery.” And the International Energy Agency said that the global market for these vehicles broke sales records last year and sales continued to grow in 2022.

Now the new climate reconciliation bill from Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin, W.Va., and Chuck Schumer, N.Y., that made headlines late last week looks like it could also become a factor in the EV market. The legislation, Axios reported, includes tax credits for buyers and business incentives for domestic EV battery production and mining of raw materials.

DODGE HAS CONFIRMED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION OF THEIR ICONIC CHARGER AND CHALLENGER CARS WILL BE FULLY ELECTRIC

THAT MEANS THEY’LL BE PHASING OUT THE COMBUSTION ENGINES OF THESE GAS GUZZLING MUSCLE CARS AND MAKING WAY FOR BATTERY POWERED MODELS AFTER 2023

THIS COMES AS GAS PRICES HAVE BECOME INCREASINGLY UNSTABLE -FUELING THEORIES THAT THERE’S A CONCERTED PUSH TO GET AMERICANS TO SWITCH OVER

SO IS ALL-ELECTRIC THE DIRECTION WE’RE HEADED? WELL MORE THAN A DOZEN U.S. CAR MANUFACTURERS HAVE ALREADY PLEDGED TO MAKE THAT SHIFT OVER THE NEXT FEW DECADES

IT’S *A PRICEY SHIFT ACCORDING TO THE KELLEY BLUE BOOK: WHICH PUTS THE AVERAGE PRICE OF AN EV AT 65 THOUSAND DOLLARS

HIGH PRICE POINTS HAVEN’T SEEMED TO SLOW SALES,ACCORDING TO THE NEW YORK TIMES

GLOBAL ELECTRIC CAR SALES ARE TRENDING UPWARD AND RECENTLY SURGED TO ALL TIME HIGHS – BLOOMBERG PREDICTS EVS WILL ACCOUNT FOR ALMOST A QUARTER OF ALL VEHICLE SALES BY 2025

RIGHT NOW ELECTRIC CARS ACCOUNT FOR ONLY ABOUT 0.6% OF ALL REGISTERED VEHICLES IN THE U.S.

AND CONGRESS IS SET TO VOTE A NEW BILL THAT COULD SPARK FURTHER EV ADOPTION IF IT PASSES –

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Gearheads across the U.S. got a shock this week. The iconic Dodge Charger and Challenger muscle cars will soon be electric-only vehicles.

In response to a MotorTrend story saying the Hemi V8 would return for future models of the pair of Dodge classics, a company spokesperson told Motor1 that the report was incorrect. The next generation of both the Charger and the Challenger, according to the outlet, will not only be missing the V8 but also all internal-combustion engine options.

Instead of rumbling, powerful gas engines that have been an iconic part of these American standards, the new Chargers and Challengers will be battery electric vehicles or BEVs.

Though the change will likely not please die-hard fans of muscle cars, the notion of a so-called “BEV muscle car” — or what Dodge calls “eMuscle” — is not a surprise. The carmaker teased an electric muscle car last month that it planned to release in 2024 — and the limited images the company provided evoked memories of the Challenger’s first appearance in 1969 with the 1970 model.

With the year’s surge in gas prices, the e-vehicle market has seen a boost. Forbes reported more than a dozen manufacturers have pledged to make the shift to electric over the coming years. But it’s not going to be a cheap change — something anyone who has watched the current market knows. The combination of the cost to create the cars and, most notably, their batteries, increased demand, and growing scarcity has led to massive price jumps. Kelly Blue Book puts the average price at $65,000.

However, the market is not slowing down. In July, the New York Times reported that Americans are buying up e-vehicles at a record pace and are apparently “undeterred by rising prices and long waits for delivery.” And the International Energy Agency said that the global market for these vehicles broke sales records last year and sales continued to grow in 2022.

Now the new climate reconciliation bill from Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin, W.Va., and Chuck Schumer, N.Y., that made headlines late last week looks like it could also become a factor in the EV market. The legislation, Axios reported, includes tax credits for buyers and business incentives for domestic EV battery production and mining of raw materials.

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