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 Post subject: Chrysler to build (really?) electric vehicle
PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 1:02 pm 
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Story on Bloomberg here

Relevant quotes for those that don't want to read full article:

Unlike hybrid vehicles such as Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius, which is propelled by a gasoline engine and an electric motor, Chrysler's cars would only tap electricity to power the wheels, with the on-board engine running just to recharge the batteries.

Chrysler's Jeep model would be able to travel 400 miles using 8 gallons of gasoline, the company said today. Plug-ins also can be charged at household outlets.

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Production sites haven't been determined. The vehicles may be assembled at the plants used for the conventional versions of the same models, product chief Frank Klegon said. Two vehicles are identical to existing cars, the Chrysler Town and Country and the Jeep Wrangler, except for the power plant.

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pictures here:

http://jalopnik.com/5053639/jeep-ev-roc ... ectric-way

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I like this quote in the press release:

“We are also exploring four-wheel-drive, in-wheel electric motors to demonstrate the full reach of ENVI’s advanced electric-drive technologies,”

At least they are experimenting. We haven't seen anything great out of Chrysler for a while.

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If / when they do come out with the Unlimited EV, I'd buy one :-) Trade up the wife's KJ for one of these babies ...

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Did you not see my 400 mile hybrid Wrangler post?

Here's the official site for the Jeep EV
https://www.chryslerllc.com/en/innovation/envi/specs/jeep_vehicles.php

Read the last line :
Stay tuned for the announcement of more additions to the Jeep EV family in the months to come.

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This one has videos:

http://www.autoblog.com/2008/09/23/chry ... rysler-ev/

Dean, I'm not 133t enough to hang out in the Wrangler forum ;)

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I like it! I like it A LOT! :D

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Chrysler LLC Surges Forward with Production-intent Electric Vehicles Company Introduces Three Advanced Electric-drive Vehicle Prototypes

One targeted to be produced in 2010 for consumers in North American markets, and European markets after 2010
Chrysler LLC to have approximately 100 electric vehicles on the road in government, business, utility and development fleets in 2009
Chrysler electric-drive technology to be applied to front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, and body-on-frame four-wheel-drive platforms
Dodge EV: All-electric Performance Sports Car
Jeep® EV: Wrangler Range-extended Electric Vehicle to allow customers to roam the planet and take care of it at the same time
Chrysler EV: Town & Country Range-extended Electric Vehicle
Chrysler and General Electric pursue joint project with U.S. Department of Energy
Auburn Hills, Mich., Sep 23, 2008 - Actions speak louder than words.Chrysler LLC announced today that the Company and its ENVI organization have new production-intent, advanced electric-drive technology packaged in three different vehicles – one for each of its brands, Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge.Chrysler will select one electric-drive model to be produced in 2010 for consumers in North American markets, and European markets after 2010. Additionally, approximately 100 Chrysler electric vehicles will be on the road in government, business, utility and Chrysler development fleets in 2009.

The Company said that it is well into the development of advanced, production-intent electric vehicles, and that it will apply electric-drive technology to its front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive and body-on-frame four-wheel-drive platforms in the next several years.

At its World Headquarters here today, Chrysler revealed its electric-drive prototypes – Dodge EV, Jeep EV and Chrysler EV – and demonstrated the driving performance and capability of each.


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Problem is that Chrysler LLC doesn't know which one of these cars they want to put on the market in 2010.

I love the fact that they stole a LOTUS body and put dodge all over it.

Love the ORIGINALITY from the new leadership.

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awesome...and check out all that CHROME!!!!!!!! bling bling!!! :lol:


i think it is a step in the right direction for chrylser and the Jeep brand --> as long as they make the Jeep ev vehicles 4x4 and not just 2x4 shells with electric.

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screw the mini van, i want to see the other two.. and how about a 6 inch lift on that wrangler? :twisted:

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You mean to tell me there was no perfectly good car in the Dodge line up that could do the job :roll: !!!!!!

Well, it's not the worst case of badge engineering i've ever seen.

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Problem is that Chrysler LLC doesn't know which one of these cars they want to put on the market in 2010.

I love the fact that they stole a LOTUS body and put dodge all over it.

Love the ORIGINALITY from the new leadership.


Really? Are you that narrow minded?
Have you seen the Tesla electric car? It's a Lotus Elise. Apparently Lotus is working with car companies wanting to show off electric cars. Chrysler didn't "steel" the body.

Doesn't know which one? I bet they know which one. But, you need to read between the lines. They put the Extended Version on the Wrangler and T&C. That means they can put it on other SUVs and probably event the 300 or Charger.

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I'm not sure why (other than price) we haven't seen 4wd hybrid vehicles with orbital gears in each wheel to increase the torque on the ground. Like the monster trucks use.

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screw the mini van, i want to see the other two.. and how about a 6 inch lift on that wrangler? :twisted:


I dunno ... can the motor handle the 35" tires?

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I wonder what the price tag will be in comparison to the gasoline engine?

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The local news reported that the Chrysler versions would run less than the Chevy Volt ($40k)

I did some more reading on the Lotus body. They did indeed enter into an agreement with Lotus to build an electric car for both companies. So maybe the sports car with Dodge all over it could actually be a car that Lotus will sell?

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So maybe the sports car with Dodge all over it could actually be a car that Lotus will sell?


It is the 2008 Lotus Europa.
Not for sale in the U.S.A.

The Dodge EV might be the first car out.

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