In the next few years, gas-powered muscle cars, which have been a part of American culture for decades, will be replaced by super-fast electric cars.
This means that Saturday night cruises in a gas-powered muscle car will soon be a thing of the past. Stellantis's Dodge brand, which used to be the performance
leader of the company that used to be called Fiat Chrysler, is moving toward electric cars. On Wednesday night, Dodge showed off a Charger Daytona SRT
concept car that runs on batteries. It looks a lot like a car that will be made in 2024, when some gasoline-powered models will no longer be made. Stellantis
says that by the end of next year, it will no longer make gasoline versions of the Dodge Challenger, Charger, and Chrysler 300. Electric cars will be made in the
Canadian factory that makes them. Other automakers are heading in the same direction, or already have. General Motors has said that it will make a Chevrolet
Corvette that runs on electricity only. Tesla says that the Prius version of the Model S is the fastest production car ever made. It can go from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in less than 2 seconds.
There are already high-performance electric cars on the market from Audi, Mercedes, Porsche, and other European automakers. And Polestar, a Volvo company that focuses on electric performance,
just announced that it will make a new Polestar 6 roadster in 2026. One reason for the change in the industry is that electric cars are faster off the line.
Most of the time, they also handle better because their heavy batteries make their centre of gravity low. Tighter rules about pollution from the government are another factor.
Automakers in the U.S. will have to get rid of some of their gas-powered muscle cars because the Biden administration has put in place stricter rules for fuel economy and is making more electric vehicles.
Tim Kuniskis, CEO of the Dodge brand, said that the move to the electric Charger was sped up by the possibility of government fines for not meeting gas mileage requirements.
"It's hard to deal with things like compliance fines and the like when you have a big cast-iron supercharged V8," he said. Still, the gas-powered classics won't be gone for a while.
Sam Abuelsamid, a research analyst at Guidehouse Insights, said, "I think we'll still have some internal combustion stuff for the next few years,