The first car I fell in love with was a ’69 Mustang I saw at a car show almost too long ago to remember. It was red, it was clean, and it made the most delicious, delirious, devious sound when the owner cranked the 289 motor over. As much as I wanted to own a Mustang after that, I live in an area that is saturated with the classic pony car, so I went with its more obscure cousin, the Mercury Cougar. But with gas prices on the rise once again, not everybody can afford (or wants) to feed a gas guzzling V8 just to cruise down their local strip and meet up with their buddies. So then, is it heresy to take an American symbol of power and excess, remove the horsepower heart, and replace it with an electric motor? I don’t think so, and neither do the guys and gals at Duke’s Garage, who took a ’65 droptop ‘stang and put not one, but two electric motors in this ultra-classic.
And why not? This isn’t the first classic car to get an electric powertrain, and considering over a million Mustangs were made in the few few years, even purists shouldn’t have a problem with doing something different once in awhile. Lovingly restored, the Electric Pony is painted an olive green to celebrate its Earthiness, which comes from two high-torque electric motors. A 144-volt lithium ion battery pack provides power for up to 60 miles, enough juice for a night of cruising, and they sit where the engine used to. The motors sit in the transmission tunnel and some structural modifications have been done to accommodate them. The car can be charged in 8 hours through a 110 volt outlet, half the time in a 220 outlet.
Another Earth-friendly addition is the recycled foam-filled hemp seeds (hey duuude…) in a lovely tan color that contrasts nicely with the olive green. What’s more, Duke’s Garage, the proprietors of this project, are ready and willing to tackle another such electric-classic project for between $15k-$25k. Personally, I’d like a little more range, but all good things come in time. Oh, and in case you’re wondering about top speed, the Electric Pony maxes out at 65 mph. Not bad, but it looks like they have room for another motor or two in there…
Source: Denver Post