2010 Dodge Challenger R/T
This. I won’t drive a toasterThe young gear heads decades from now might be talkin' about the factory gasoline powered hot rods we can buy now like these were the "Good Old Days". Or...maybe they won't give a crap because their green powered cars will go 0-60 in 2.1 seconds with a fake V8 sound piped into the cockpit and flowing out the fake dual exhaust pipes in back. All that and a mileage rating of 600 MPGe. Not sure how this will all shell out, but one old quote I remember is..."there is nothing permanent except change". Stellantis scares me because I don't really think they really care about saving the type of performance and style that Dodge is producing now. Hold onto what you have as long as you can.
I agree with that statement and a lot of the other folks here would too. The thing is, I really wanted to see a refresh of the current platform, only lighter with the same focus on performance we have currently - V8 powered for the performance models and V6 for the entry level cars. Stellantis...well, I've got a bad feeling about them, but we'll have to wait and see what they do.This. I won’t drive a toaster
It'll be like a gearhead version of those Playskool toys that teach toddlers how to associate sounds with animals. "The V8 says ROAR!"Or...maybe they won't give a crap because their green powered cars will go 0-60 in 2.1 seconds with a fake V8 sound piped into the cockpit and flowing out the fake dual exhaust pipes in back.
As I've stated before:Electric cars currently are the latest hot topic, but in reality I don't think we've gotten to the point of successfully transitioning to them in any massive numbers. And a lot of what you hear from proponents of electric cars is possibly fodder anyway. Most normal people won't be able to afford one new I don't think and like anything new you'll see a good share of issues once a fair number get into driving publics hands. You think gas can get expensive? I'll bet electrification will really raise your eyebrows when it comes time to charge 'em up. Like I said, hold tight to what you've got and enjoy it and get one while you can if you don't.
The issue is Power, Pricing, and what I didn't mention before: Resources and Waste."Wonder where they are going to come up with all that extra electricity?"
Ah, the million dollar question. And, I'm so happy you asked. The answer? They can't. Literally, they can't. Do some research on changing from a balanced power portfolio and going all green and see how that is going to work. The answer contains about as much "science" as a bunch of others things being thrown at us at the moment. Look at California and how that is working for them. I have several friends there, and they are very unhappy about how often their power is out, fires or no fires.
As for the cars themselves - these are a rich man's toys. Ask the single parent, working two jobs, who is trying to find a reliable, sub-$5k car to drive to both jobs and get their children to school how they are going to afford an electric vehicle, let alone find a charger and the time to use it with their schedule.
Right now, nationwide, Carmax shows 70 used electric cars. $7k is roughly the lowest, and most of the few in that range have 23-80k on them and are up to 6 years old. That is a pretty narrow market.
Dang. I'm becoming a dinosaur. And, I am really, really ok about that.
Would that be the E-Torque system?As I've stated before:
The issue is Power, Pricing, and what I didn't mention before: Resources and Waste.
I've no idea what Stellantis will do. I was just looking at newer Wranglers to replace ours at somepoint...all 3.6 motors with the auto now come with Elec-Assist. NOPE. More crap to break. Looks like I'll keep these rolling as long as I can.
Here is to watching Neil & Buzz on live TV, and GenX! The math is the same for me. 🍻....By that time I will be 72 or dead....
Summary, 2023 target date for dodge challenger "variants" electrification, lighter and smaller (camaro-size anyone?--my speculation) https://autos.yahoo.com/even-dodge-says-v8-era-135700529.html