Posted by: carboncreditsusa | January 21, 2009

Electric Vehicles Will Be Focus Of Chrysler’s Future

“We have a social responsibility to our consumers to deliver environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient, advanced electric vehicles, and our intention is to meet that responsibility quickly and more broadly than any other automobile manufacturer. The introduction of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge electric vehicles provides a glimpse of the very near future, and demonstrates that we are serious and well along in the development of bringing electric vehicles to market.”

 

http://www.dailycamera.com/news/2009/jan/20/chrysler-electric-vehicles/

Chrysler’s Bob Nardelli came in, get ready for this, a prototype Jeep Wrangler electric vehicle. He also recently showed electric versions of the Chrysler Voyager mini-van and a Lotus Europa-based Dodge EV sports car.

Said Bob Nardelli, Chrysler Chairman and CEO, “We have a social responsibility to our consumers to deliver environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient, advanced electric vehicles, and our intention is to meet that responsibility quickly and more broadly than any other automobile manufacturer. The introduction of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge electric vehicles provides a glimpse of the very near future, and demonstrates that we are serious and well along in the development of bringing electric vehicles to market.”

Chrysler’s aim is to have 100 electric vehicles in government and civil fleets during 2009 with models available to the driving public in 2010. The Wrangler Nardelli drove to Capitol Hill is similar in concept to the Chevy Volt. It can drive up to 40 miles on pure electricity, then a gasoline engine comes on to extend range. Chrysler claims the vehicle can travel up to 400 miles with a full charge and 8 gallons of gasoline. The same system was demonstrated in one of Chrysler’s famous Town & Country mini-vans.

Perhaps the most exciting, and most probable, electric car in Chrysler’s future is a Dodge sports car. The rear-drive two-seater is a pure electric car, powered by lithium ion batteries, 268-horsepower electric motor, and integrated power controller. It can run 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds, cross the quarter in 13 seconds, and top out at 120 mph. Driven more reasonably, the Dodge EV has a range of 150-200 miles. Given the impending demise of the Viper, and spy photos of the sportster testing, the Dodge EV will probably be Chrysler’s first pure electric car.

A Jeep Wrangler extended-range electric car is probably not the most efficient use of lithium ion batteries, but it shows that not all advanced vehicles need to be hyper-aerodynamic futuremobiles. I’m sure there are many families who would love an electric mini-van. Let’s hope Chrysler can bring these vehicles to market.


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