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|Chrysler Announces Bold Electric Vehicle Initiative|
|Written by Rich Truesdell|
|Tuesday, 23 September 2008 10:06|
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With three market segments covered, Chrysler LLC looks to steal GM's thunder with the promise of at least one extended-range EV to debut in 2010.
We're as patriotic as any American when it comes to our domestic auto industry, so we're really pulling for Chrysler LLC to weather its current difficulties. And today they took a bold step in that direction with the debut of three production-intent electric vehicles (EV); one planned to reach showrooms in 2010. The first, a 2-seat sports car for Dodge, follows in the mold of the category-breaking Tesla roadster, both based on a Lotus chassis. Less sexy but much more important to Chrysler's long-term success, not to mention stealing some attention from Chevrolet's Volt plug-in, is an extended-range model of Chrysler's bread-and-butter Town and Country minivan as well as an EV version of the popular Jeep Wrangler.
The world got a sneak peak at the three vehicles when CNBC aired a report earlier this morning when all eyes were on the bailout hearings in Washington D.C., in advance of the official 1 PM EDT press conference in Auburn Hills. The development of Chrysler's Electric Vehicles and Range-extended Electric Vehicles is led by ENVI – representing the first four letters of "environmental"--the Company's in-house organization that was formed to focus on electric-drive production vehicles and related advanced technologies.
Following are the details on all three vehicles that Chrysler revealed today.
The Dodge EV development Electric Vehicle is a two-passenger, all-electric, rear-wheel-drive sports car that marries high performance with zero tailpipe emissions.
"The Dodge EV sets a new standard for what can be expected in electric-drive vehicles," said Lou Rhodes, Vice President of Advance Vehicle Engineering and President of ENVI. "The electric-vehicle technology enables a fun-to-drive performance sports car and helps redefine the vision of an environmentally responsible vehicle for the Dodge brand."
The electric-drive system consists of three primary components: a 200 kW (268 horsepower) electric motor, an advanced lithium-ion battery and an integrated power controller.
The 200 kW electric-drive motor generates 650 N·m (480 lb.-ft.) of torque. The instant high torque of the electric-drive motor delivers outstanding performance, accelerating the Dodge EV to 60 mph in less than five seconds, with quarter-mile times of 13 seconds. The Dodge EV has a top speed of more than 120 mph.
Working with the latest advanced lithium-ion battery technology, the Dodge EV has a continuous driving range of 150 to 200 miles, based on advancement of new battery technology; more than triple the average daily commute of most consumers. Recharging the vehicle is a simple one-step process: plugging into a standard 110-volt household outlet for eight hours. The recharge time can be cut in half to four hours by using a typical 220-volt household appliance power outlet.
The Dodge EV offers driving enthusiasts a performance sports car that can be driven to work every day--without consuming gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions.
Our Take: While the Dodge EV is certainly appealing, as an all-electric package with lithium-ion battery technology and the fact that it is not based on an existing Chrysler LLC platform, it is the least likely of the EV trio to reach production. Quite possibly it represents a look at the next-generation Chrysler LLC EV package.