The times are changing, and more electric vehicles (EVs) are on the roads. As more people push for more ways to protect the environment, EVs are quickly becoming the standard. In fact, most automakers are planning for full electrification before the next decade. However, there are a few car brands that are a bit slower in the adoption of EVs. Here are five non-luxury car brands that currently do not offer any EVs.
Dodge is known for performance and muscle. Dodge makes the ever-popular Charger, Challenger, and Durango. While these vehicles are powerful and a joy to drive, they are not exactly in tune with the current earth-friendly environment.
Dodge plans to head in the direction of the EV through two options. The first is the Dodge Hornet plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), with pre-production to start in Q4 of 2022. Dodge reports, “Combining the benefits of internal combustion with the immediate power of electrification, the Dodge Hornet is the most powerful Compact Utility Vehicle in its segment. With its Plug-In Hybrid architecture, the Hornet R/T combines the power of its 1.3L Turbo engine, with its electric motor and the Segment-Exclusive PowerShot to unlock an extra 25 electric horsepower.”
Dodge is also planning to discontinue the two primary gas-powered muscle cars, the Charger and the Challenger, in 2023, according to CNBC. Rumors speculate that both models will have electric variants replace them in the near future. In the meantime, Dodge is running a “Last Call” campaign so that fans have the opportunity to get their dream car before the company ceases production, seen on YouTube.
You could call Jeep the King of the SUV with its Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Cherokee, Renegade, and Gladiator models. You can expect high-class interiors combined with rugged performance.
Jeep plans to move toward electrification through its 4xe plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) lineup, namely the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee (so far).
Jeep has this to say about the Wrangler 4xe: “Wrangler 4xe delivers an impressive 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of instant torque for heart-pounding performance off-road and on-road…And for impressive traction, it’s the Industry’s first PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) with front and rear locking differentials.”
You can’t go on the road without seeing a Honda Civic, Accord, or Pilot. Honda is a tried-and-true automaker. Now is the time to start making more of its vehicles electric. According to Honda, you can expect to see its electric Prologue in 2024.
“The fully electric 2024 Honda Prologue SUV heralds a new era of electrified Honda vehicles. With versatility and driving range on par with our existing rugged lineup of SUVs, the adventure-ready Prologue navigates both daily commutes and weekend getaways with ease.”
Mitsubishi offers its popular Outlander as a PHEV, but what about electric options? Previously, Mitsubishi was an innovator in the EV world. The company was an early adopter of electric vehicles through its i-MIEV EV and the Minicab-MiEV in the early 2010s, but both of these models have been retired for years. While Mitsubishi has announced a commitment to electrification, no EVs have since been announced.
When it comes to trucks, Ram is a household name. The Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, and 1500 TRX are favored for being comfortable to ride in while easily getting the hard work done.
Ram is now looking to strengthen its truck holdings through the Ram Revolution. It is the Ram Revolution that seeks to electrify the most popular Ram trucks. According to Autoblog, the fully electric Ram 1500 is set to start production in 2024. The details are still a bit fuzzy, but this will be a full-size electric pickup. The range is estimated to be up to 500 miles.
Ram CEO Mike Koval states, “With full knowledge of what our competitors are doing, we will surpass their offerings with the Ram 1500 battery electric vehicle built to again redefine the full-size segment.”