Saleen Automotive is a name well-known in Mustang and performance enthusiast circles, but in the green car world Steve Saleen isn’t much of a celebrity. That could all change come next spring though, as Saleen has announced that his company will build an all-electric car aimed at commercial and consumer markets. Is this the electric Mustang we’ve been waiting for?
Probably not, as Saleen has announced that a scale model of the car will be revealed in the springtime. That seems to indicate that the Saleen electric car is something of their own design, rather than based on a current commercially-available body. Sounds far-fetched, but it wouldn’t be the first time Saleen build a car from the ground up.
Around the turn of the millennium, Saleen was building the S7, a veritable supercar that tackled the likes of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and other endurance races. It seems unlikely that Saleen will go this route with its all-electric car though, as Saleen himself admitted that EVs are a trend, not a fad, implying that they will be around in the long term. I also imagine Steve Saleen is watching Tesla’s success with envious eyes, though it would have been nice to see a limited-production Saleen electric supercar going head-to-head with the likes of the McLaren hybrid or Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive.
Personally, I’m still holding out for an electric muscle car of sorts, as I just can’t imagine Saleen building the aftermarket equivalent of a Nissan Leaf. I really won’t be satisfied unless Saleen gives me an electric muscle car. Anything less just doesn’t deserve the Saleen badge, in my humble opinion.
But I’ve got faith in Steve to do an electric car right. Who knows, maybe one day Saleen and Tesla will be spoken of in the same breath. Wouldn’t that be a turnaround for the ages.
Source: Motor Authority