Even if you've been living under a rock, you've undoubtedly been disturbed by the rumble and the roar from a Dodge Charger at some point. Since its rebirth in 2006, the Charger has proudly carried the mantle of the muscle car, defying the shift to SUVs and even the looming presence of electric vehicles. But even the motorheads at Dodge could see the writing was on the wall for their beloved muscle car, but rather than throw away the legacy of the Charger, they electrified it.
Dodge has only showed us a concept car of the upcoming Charger, the Daytona SRT, but it has released a few details as to what will underpin the 2024 model. The Charger will use an 800-volt architecture, similar to ones used by the Porsche Taycan and Hyundai Ioniq 5, to allow for quicker charging rates and less heat during those charging times. Computer-generated footage released by Dodge also shows the concept car performing a four-wheel burnout. While that might be a far-flung fantasy for the production car, it could mean the Charger will offer all-wheel drive as an option. Due to the instantaneous power of electric motors, most, if not all, performance EVs use all-wheel drive for maximum traction and stunning acceleration.
Range estimates have not been officially released, but the Charger will likely use the large EV platform under development by parent company Stellantis. That platform is rumored to have a max range of 500 miles, but we'll see how much of that range will fit into the Charger — especially if you drive it like a current one. And of course it wouldn't be a Dodge if it wasn't loud, so the Charger will use a synthesized exhaust sound to carry on the tradition. Hey, some people have a hard time giving up sleeping with stuffed animals, too.