From V8 to EV: Vin Diesel Goes Green in Fast X
The Fast and Furious franchise has been a staple of the cinema for years, with its reputation built on legendary V8 muscle cars. Fans of the series will be surprised to learn that in the upcoming instalment, Fast X, Vin Diesel will be driving an electric vehicle.
The first part of the franchise’s two-part finale is set to hit theatres on May 19th, 2023. While filming was taking place in L.A., eagle-eyed fans spotted Dodge’s Charger EV concept car and the DeLorean’s electric supercar prototype en route to the set.
Dodge is getting in on the electric vehicle market and preparing to launch a new lineup of hybrid and electric vehicles by 2024, including fully redesigned Charger, Challenger, and Durango models. These gasoline-powered vehicles are set to incorporate eTorque mild-hybrid technology, which is similar to that used in Ram pickup trucks.
The automaker will also release electric vehicles under its “eMuscle” branding, which will include high-performance sports cars. To manufacture hybrid and electric powertrains for American muscle cars, high-performance European cars, and SUVs like the Jeep Recon and Wagoneer S, the company will leverage the “STLA Large” chassis, developed by parent company Stellantis. The Dodge Hornet R/T trim is expected to be the company’s first electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle based on the Alfa Romeo Tonale chassis.
The highly-anticipated 2023 Dodge Charger Hellcat widebody will be driven by protagonist Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel, as just one of the cars in Fast X. The iconic 1970 Charger R/T will also be making a return to the screen, much to the delight of the series’ fans. Furthermore, a new addition to the Fast and Furious fleet is the Dodge Charger Daytona electric concept car, which was spotted on the set of the film.
It is unknown how it will be used in the film, but fans are excited to see what Diesel and the team have in store. Dodge’s strong commitment to the electric vehicle market and its efforts to establish itself as a major player in this rapidly evolving industry are apparent in these announcements.