Get Plugged into the Future of Muscle Cars

With more governments putting pressure on automakers to put more zero-emission vehicles in showrooms, you may soon see a new face on old favorites—including trucks and muscle cars—at your local Chevy dealer.

A decade ago, this news might have been met with understandable groans and eye-rolls. Because let’s face it: with few exceptions, alternative fuel vehicles looked utilitarian and far from sexy. Thank goodness the technology has evolved so we can actually drive an alternative fuel vehicle that doesn’t look so, well, alternative.

General Motors Pledges 30 EVs by 2025: What That Means

Even without government mandates, automakers like General Motors are seeing a steadily increasing demand for hybrid and all-electric vehicles. Executives are taking a long, hard look at the lineup, and even favorites like the Chevy Camaro are facing scrutiny.

Does this mean the end of the line for the Camaro? Maybe. Or maybe not. Chevy’s classic muscle car has seen sales decline in recent years compared to its rivals, Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger.

And according to a recent article in the Automotive News, Chevrolet is hinting at replacing the Camaro with a new, all-electric performance sedan as early as 2025.

The End? Or a New Beginning?

Even if Chevrolet retires the Camaro, there’s plenty of precedent for vehicles coming out of retirement to popular and critical acclaim. Ford recently brought back the Bronco and Maverick nameplates and created an electric crossover using the Mustang name.

And it’s not just cars and crossovers getting the electric makeover: Ford recently introduced the F-150 Lightning electric truck, while GM has its own electric pickup in the works. And GMC just unveiled the all-new Hummer EV.

So, it may be the end of the Camaro as we know it, but don’t be surprised if a beefy electrified version shows up at your local Chevy dealer sooner rather than later.

Can EVs Really Compete with Classic Muscle Cars?

All signs point to YES. Technology advances have increased range, with many able to travel 500 miles or more on a charge.

And as to speed? GM’s Ultium battery, used in the new Hummer EV, can support up to 1,000 horsepower, more than any gasoline-powered muscle car on the streets today. GM also claims that its electric pickup can go from 0-60 in three seconds. That beats nearly all internal combustion Chevy Camaro and Corvette models on the road today.

Wired and Inspired

Electric vehicles have been on the road for two centuries (yes, centuries), and they’re poised to replace gasoline-powered cars in the not-too-distant future. But going electric doesn’t mean giving up on power or style.

It may seem impossible to imagine a powerhouse like the Camaro or Corvette without that monster V8 exhaust note. But the trade-off is piloting a high-performance car that matches—or bests—their acceleration and won’t leave you at the mercy of fluctuating gas prices.

With GM’s plans for 30 new electric vehicles within the next five years and the trend toward putting classic nameplates on new vehicles, don’t be surprised to see an electrified version of your favorite muscle cars soon at a Chevy dealer near you.

 

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