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Chrysler goes electric

2008-09-25 08:16

Chrysler LLC has announced that it will produce electric models for its Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler nameplates by 2010.

Chrysler states its electric drive technology can be applied to front-, rear- and four-wheel drive platforms and that it has a "production-intent" electric vehicle for each of its brands.

The manufacturer revealed prototypes of the Dodge EV, Jeep EV and Chrysler EV when making its announcement.

The proposed electric vehicles cover a broad range. The Dodge EV is a two-seater rear-wheel drive sports car with an electric motor generating 200 kW and 650 Nm allowing it a 0 - 100 km/h sprint time of under five seconds and a top speed of around 190 km/h.

The Jeep EV is an extended range vehicle using an electric motor and a "small petrol engine" to produce additional energy when needed. The 200 kW motor generates 400 Nm of torque. With 30 litres of fuel, the Jeep EV is claimed to have a range of 640 km.

Another extended range model is the Chrysler EV. Based on the Grand Voyager, it uses a motor generating 190 kW and 350 Nm of torque. It can drive for up to 60 km on electric power only.
A development of Chrysler's electric vehicle division called ENVI, the company said the development of its electric drive systems for future Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles was "maturing quickly".

One electric vehicle will be produced in 2010 for the American market, after which it will be rolled out to European markets, the manufacturer said.


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