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Chrysler’s surprising new electric vehicle lineup

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


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Posted in Chrysler, Electric, Honda, Hybrids, Hydrogen on 09-23-08
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6 Comments »

Comment by Theforce2001
2008-09-23 12:48:41

Wow, that is a major game changer. For sure it will steal some of GMs thunder with only the Volt. With these 3 cars they capture a large group of drivers.

 
Comment by JamesT
2008-09-23 12:56:06

This is a big shakeup for GM as mentioned as well as Toyota Prius buyers. Its amazing they have been able to keep the lid on these car for so long.

 
Comment by Jaime
2008-09-23 15:40:11

This is great news. The more competition the better for all of us!

 
Comment by Jim C
2008-09-23 17:41:40

I wonder if they will stay on track for 2010 release of all these. I might be a buy of that Jeep. Pretty sweet.

 
2008-10-29 10:11:10

[...] merger with GM, the future of Chrysler’s hybrid efforts seem uncertain. However, the planned plug in electric vehicles we reported about last month are apparently still on track. Like this info? Please social [...]

 
Comment by rf c jurovich
2009-01-27 01:30:18

cars look great. what will they cost?

 
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