What will happen to the American ‘muscle car’?

American”the meat Cars” so named because of their big, powerful engines and fast speeds.

Some gas-powered cars are so noisy, the Associated Press recently called them “thunder.”

But the global interest in electric cars begs the question: Can a muscle car go electric?

Car manufacturer Stellantis makes the Dodge Challenger and Charger – two famous muscle cars. General Motors makes the popular Chevrolet Corvette. Both companies are wondering if they can keep the interest of customers who prefer traditional, gas-powered cars.

Autobytel’s Rose Meyer and her beloved Dodge Challenger “Rose Rage.” (Photo: Business Wire)

Loved by car fans ClassicPowerful cars that use a lot of fuel are called “gearheads.”

New Battery-Powered cars are faster than the old gas-powered cars that sold themselves based on “horsepower.” Horsepower is a term used to talk about the power produced by an engine. For years, higher horsepower indicated “higher performance.”

Newer cars go faster and are easier to control than cars with bigger engines, they don’t make as much noise. Will gearheads ever become battery-heads?

Stellantis hopes so. The company, which is half American and half Italian, will stop making gas-powered versions of the Challenger, Charger and its larger Chrysler 300 by the end of 2023.

Other automakers are in the process of doing the same.

Many European automakers already have electric versions of their high-performance cars. Among them are Porsche, Audi and Mercedes.

Shoppers check out the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette during the unveiling of the mid-engine sports car for Corvette enthusiasts at a Chevrolet dealership in Lone Tree, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Shoppers check out the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette during the unveiling of the mid-engine sports car for Corvette enthusiasts at a Chevrolet dealership in Lone Tree, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

General Motors has said that it will soon make an electric Corvette. Polestar is an electric vehicle company started by the owners of Volvo. Polestar says a roadster — or small, fun car — is coming soon.

Governments around the world require cars to create less pollution. US President Joe Biden’s administration has also recently implemented new regulations.

As a result, car manufacturers are starting to focus their production on electric cars. Some car factories are being updated so they can make electric vehicles. Other manufacturers are building new factories.

Tim Kuniskis leads the Dodge division for Stellantis. “This difficult“Discussing the idea that the government is considering financial penalties, known as fines, for companies that don’t meet new standards to reduce fuel use,” he said.

The US Environmental Protection Agency or EPA has said that Stellantis cars use the most fuel and have the worst impact on the environment. Some cars, such as a version of the Charger with a larger engine called the Hemi Hellcat, travel as little as five kilometers on a liter of fuel.

New rules put in place by the EPA say that the company’s new car models must be more fuel efficient than they are now by 2026.

Sam Abuelsamid is a researcher for Guidehouse Insights. He said some carmakers will make models with conventional engines, called internal combustion engines, for about 10 years.

The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept is unveiled, Wednesday, August 17, 2022, in Pontiac, Mich.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept is unveiled, Wednesday, August 17, 2022, in Pontiac, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Dodge is working to improve its car’s fuel efficiency but also interests gearheads. New cars will still make the same noise as the old ones, even when using batteries.

A recent demonstration by Dodge showed off a Charger that sounds like a muscle car.

Kuniskis, however, is critical of his own company’s new car. “It has no emotion,” he said of the electric car. “It doesn’t have it drama. It doesn’t have the dangerous feeling of an internal combustion engine. But he said the new electric charger will be the fastest ever.

Rick Nelson loves old cars. He owns a muscle car repair company in Illinois. He said switching to electric cars could be a “hard sell” to older drivers who grew up with big, bulky cars.

A classic muscle car made by General Motors is the 1968 Chevrolet Camaro.  (Photo: Business Wire)

A classic muscle car made by General Motors is the 1968 Chevrolet Camaro. (Photo: Business Wire)

However, times are changing. Nelson said he knows of businesses that are starting to think about how to put electric driving systems into “classic” cars.

He said, “Only guys like me are going fetus To laugh at this and that. But he knows, as he put it, “It’s not about my generation.”

Kuniskis said the future is not the end of muscle cars.

“It’s okay,” he said. “Just let us show you what the future looks like.”

I’m Dan Friedell. And I’m Jill Robbins.

Dan Friedel adapted this story for VOA Learning English based on an Associated Press report.

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Words in this story

Muscle car -n An American-made two-door sports car with a powerful engine

thunder -n loud noise that comes from lightning in the sky

Classic – adj something that has been popular for a long time

difficult – adj difficult

Battery -n. A device that stores electricity for use by a machine, such as an electric motor

drama -n a situation or series of events that arouses people’s emotions

fetus -v A serious facial expression indicating displeasure

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