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Electrification is "Absolute Future" of Dodge Charger, Challenger

Electrification is "Absolute Future" of Dodge Charger, Challenger

The Chrysler LX cars have become iconic for their rear-wheel-drive and V-8 power over the years, but the icons may eventually have to evolve for the modern world. At least some within Fiat Chrysler Automobiles feel the future is electric for cars like the Dodge Charger and Challenger.

Speaking with Automotive News FCA Head of Passenger Cars Tim Kuniskis explained how he sees the future of these old school cars.

“I think the absolute future is electrification of these cars,” Kuniskis told the publication during a recent FCA media event. “That’s not necessarily bad. It could be [battery electric], it could be [plug-in hybrid], it could be regular hybrid, could be e-axles, any one of the number of electric technologies. But I am a firm believer that electrification will be the key to high performance in the future.”

Kuniskis went on to add that FCA is of the opinion consumers’ love of performance cars isn’t going away during the electric vehicle era. The primary problem the automaker sees with electrification is that the costs have not gotten low enough to slot into cars like the Dodge Charger and Challenger, though that will eventually change.

FCA has been slow to offer battery-electric vehicles, which is one of the drivers to its failed attempt to merger with Groupe Renault. Renault is one of the world’s leaders when it comes to battery-electric vehicles.

At last report the current LX-based Dodge Charger and Challenger are slated to be on the market for several more years, so no one needs to worry about losing their HEMI-powered sedan or coupe anytime in the near future.


About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. carnut
    So we're going to have an electric charger huh :D
    For cars like these, moving to a smaller turbo motor and using the electric motor for torque fill and hybrid operation under light load would probably continue the big torque nature of these cars while improving efficiency.

    Sounds like FCA may ultimately replace the Hemi with a turbo straight six. But a physically smaller OHV Hemi V8 (say, 4 litres) with twin turbos would be interesting, if probably too niche to make a business case.
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