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Classic Cars Are Getting a Recharge

Find out how 5 old-school vehicles compare to their new, all-electric cousins

Mustang then and now
The Ford Mustang and the new Ford Mach-E

If you’re feeling nostalgic for the cars of your youth, take a look at the way they’ve evolved. Vehicles that may play a prominent role in some of your favorite memories have gotten a reboot, with high-tech electric versions that boast plenty of get-up-and-go. Unlike the old-school automobiles, these updated EVs don’t need to make pit stops at the gas station, and they’re exceptionally quiet. Check out these new EV takes on your favorite classics.

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VW Bus

In their ’50s and ’60s heyday, these were utilitarian and painfully slow, with an anemic rear-mounted air-cooled engine. And the flat front was like driving a brick. But, hey, they were groovy.

VW ID. Buzz

This electric vehicle will feel positively racy by comparison. Another thing: Its electric motor is much quieter than the old Bus’ clickety-clacking engine. And the contemporary-but-still-retro design allows for better aerodynamics. The sticker price is expected to be around $45,000 and up.


Chevrolet S-10 Blazer

In the 1980s, this two-door helped popularize the SUV, and Blazers have been a mainstay on American roads ever since, eventually adding two more doors.

Chevrolet Blazer EV​

The new electric Blazer will have more power. A performance model, the Blazer EV SS, should be able to hit 60 mph in under four seconds. Prices should start at around $45,000.

Mustang then and now

Ford Mustang

An iconic car, the long-popular Mustang was first sold in 1964 and redefined the notion of American automotive style.

Ford Mustang Mach-E

​The electric model doesn’t bear much relation to the rest of the Mustang lineage. It’s more like a small SUV than a sporty car. Starting at about $45,000.

Ford F-150 and F-150 Lightning
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Ford F-150

F-series trucks have not only been Ford’s best-selling truck for more than four decades, they have been the best-selling American vehicle for 40 years, the company says. True workhorses.

Ford F-150 Lightning

Figures like 775 pound-feet of torque will likely turn even a jaded V-8 truck snob’s head. Ford has also touted the F-150 Lightning as a mobile generator. Plug in your tools and run them at the jobsite. Starting at about $52,000.

Hummers H2 and EV
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Hummer H2

This gas-guzzling hulk of an SUV evolved from Humvee military vehicles and became something of a roadway status symbol in the 2000s.

GMC Hummer EV

Environmental concerns and the auto industry crash of the late 2000s led to the demise of the Hummer line. But from the ashes rises a new, all-electric version, far more energy efficient than the H2. Price is around $110,000. 

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