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Chrysler’s surprising new electric vehicle lineup

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In a major move to capture some of GM’s spotlight with the much hyped Volt, Chrysler announced today a whole lineup of electric and hybrid vehicles. The vehicles are set for release in 2010 and featured plug in hybrid technology with advanced lithium ion batteries. Chrysler has been developing these vehicles in relative secrecy and the project is progressing rapidly according to company executives.

The flagship of the line is the Dodge EV, a high performance sports car (think Tesla killer) with a all electric range of 150-200 miles. 0 to 60 times are less than 5 seconds. With looks reminiscent of the Dodge viper, but 0 gas onsumption, it should be a huge hit.

Possibly even more dramatic is Chrysler’s attempt to go after markets previously untapped for hybrids and electrics - families and off-roaders. They are releasing extended range electric versions of their popular minivans and Jeep 4×4s. Extended range allows for the first 40 miles to be all electric with an extended range of 400 miles on gas.

The Chrysler Town and Country Mini Van extended range electric. The minivan will retain all the standard features like popular stow and go seating.

The Jeep Wrangler EV. This extended range EV vehicle will feature 4 individual motors, 1 on each wheel which allows for more precise control of power and traction as well as energy savings.

Watch the full video of the product launch here

Posted in Chrysler, Electric, Honda, Hybrids, Hydrogen by admin on 23|09|08
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Chevy Equinox fuel cell test fleet underway

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Chevrolet’s large scale test called “Project Driveway” is not underway. The test fleet is made up of hydrogen fuel cell powered Equinox cars. The test uses real world drivers in New York, Washington DC, and southern California. The highly rated hydrogen car has a range of 150 miles and a top speed of 100, all the while being 100% emissions free.

You can read about the fuel cell project here

Posted in Chevrolet, Hydrogen by admin on 11|09|08
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Hydrogen powered Honda FCX Clarity now leasing

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Honda’s lease program of approximately 200 FCX Clarity is now underway in Southern California. The 3 year lease program has a price of $600 per month, which includes all maintenance. The zero emissions sedan is expected to be in high demand as more unit are rolled out.

Read about the program here

Posted in Honda, Hydrogen by admin on 06|09|08
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