Charge's Mustang hides an Electric Vehicle inside Classic American Muscle
The British startup is using officially licensed Ford Mustang shells from the 1960s.
Charge's electrified Mustang is controversial. The original, after all, is an automotive icon that many associate with 'American muscle,' a sub-genre of cars that growl loudly and consume gasoline like water. The Mustang before me, however, does neither of those things. It's powerful, yes, but runs on batteries and will, presumably, be whisper-silent on the road. For some, the combination is an attractive blend of technology and 1960s design. For others, it's a monstrosity that betrays the Mustang heritage.
From afar, the car looks like nearly identical to its more than 50-year-old inspiration. Charge is building its electric road warrior with officially licensed Ford Mustang shells from the 1960s. The basic shape and bodywork is, therefore, indistinguishable from the original. Look closer, though, and you'll notice the Charge badge — a cross-shaped symbol that resembles a snowflake — on the hood, trunk and wheels of the vehicle. The front and rear lights have been updated, too, and the exhaust pipe has obviously been thrown out. It's a unique refresh that, against all odds, straddles the line between modern and vintage design sensibilities.