2 non-luxury brands still no hybrids, PHEVs or EVs sold in America

Hybrid cars not only offer substantial fuel savings, they are also better for the environment than traditional gasoline cars. With upcoming legislation imposing zero emissions requirements on automakers, more and more brands are producing hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models. Many manufacturers have also launched completely new models of electric vehicles.

In fact, only two non-luxury car brands have yet to offer any of these three types of vehicles. What do their current rosters look like and when will they catch up with their rivals?

You still can’t find a hybrid or electric Dodge model – yet

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Dodge has three models in its 2022 lineup: the Challenger and Charger muscle cars and the Durango, the only SUV.

Although the Hellcat engine is no longer available, the Durango can produce up to 475 hp with the 6.4-liter V8. Models with the 295 horsepower V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Dodge claims the Durango has ideal weight distribution and a competitive maximum towing capacity of 8,700 pounds. The packages allow buyers to customize the exterior with black accents, racing stripes and other details. The interior can accommodate up to seven passengers, and the dimensions of the third row reasonably accommodate adults.

The Dodge Charger, one of America’s most iconic muscle cars, also returns this model year. It offers a wide range of engines, including a supercharged Hellcat Hemi developing 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque. Every SRT model also comes with adaptive suspension and six-piston Brembo brakes, along with 20-inch tires for Widebody versions.

If you opt for the high-performance suspension, your Charger will come equipped with Bilstein shocks. Four-piston Brembo brakes are also available, optimized for traction control rather than performance. The Charger, which has four doors and five seats, has a spacious interior compared to most traditional sports cars.

The Dodge Challenger shares the same engines as the Charger, but the former has a two-door coupe-style body. Additionally, Car and Driver found that the Charger with the Hellcat engine is the slower of the two cars. The Charger Hellcat needs about four seconds to hit 60 mph, but the Challenger Hellcat can do it in 3.7 seconds.

The Challenger also has a slightly shorter wheelbase, so rear passengers won’t have as much legroom. Additionally, the cockpit is more streamlined to help the driver focus on performance, but it still has the same specs as the Charger.

Ram also doesn’t offer hybrids or electric vehicles.

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The only passenger vehicles produced by this automaker are the Ram 1500 pickup, its Classic version, and its heavy-duty variants. Its standard pickup develops 305 hp and has an eTorque regenerative braking system to increase torque and fuel economy. The powerful Ram 1500 TRX is equipped with a Hellcat engine producing 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.

The Ram 1500 has a maximum towing capacity of 12,750 pounds if the engine does not come with eTorque. This truck also offers two cargo bed sizes and one of the smoothest rides of any full-size truck.

What are Dodge and Ram’s electrification plans?

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C/D says the next Dodge Hornet will feature a PHEV variant with over 30 miles of range. The Hornet R/T is a compact SUV with standard all-wheel drive and 285 hp. The Challenger and Charger will also get electric powertrains in future years.

We’ve seen a few teaser photos of a Ram 1500 electric pickup, but the automaker has yet to release powertrain specs. MotorTrend predicts this truck could boast a 500-mile range and debut in 2024.

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