Chrysler surges ahead with electric vehicles

Chrysler surges ahead with electric vehicles

Jeep EV phantom

Chrysler has announced plans to introduce three electric-drive vehicle prototypes, only one will be selected for production for the North American market in 2010 and European markets the following year. The three options include a Dodge performance sports car, a Jeep SUV and a Chrysler people mover based on the popular Voyager platform.  As a joint project between Chrysler and the U.S Department of Energy, 100 electric vehicles are to be on the road in government, business, utility and Chrysler development fleets by 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.

“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,” said Bob Nardelli, Chairman and CEO — Chrysler.

Chrysler’s Electric Vehicles utilise just three primary components. These include an electric motor to drive the wheels, an advanced lithium-ion battery system to power the electric-drive motor and a controller that manages energy flow. The electric-drive system is being developed for front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, and body-on-frame four-wheel-drive vehicle applications. This technology provides customers with a vehicle that has zero tailpipe emissions and a 150- to 200-mile driving range.

The Range-extended Electric Vehicle technology combines the electric-drive components of the Electric Vehicle with a small petrol engine and integrated electric generator to produce additional energy to power the electric-drive system when needed.

In the Dodge EV sports car the 200 kW electric-drive motor generates 650 N¢m (480 lb.-ft.) of torque. The instant high torque of the electric-drive motor delivers outstanding performance, accelerating the Dodge EV to 60 mph in less than five seconds, with quarter-mile times of 13 seconds and a top speed of more than 120 mph.

To find out more check out www.Chryslergoeselectric.com

Jeep EV phantom

Chrysler has announced plans to introduce three electric-drive vehicle prototypes, only one will be selected for production for the North American market in 2010 and European markets the following year. The three options include a Dodge performance sports car, a Jeep SUV and a Chrysler people mover based on the popular Voyager platform.  As a joint project between Chrysler and the U.S Department of Energy, 100 electric vehicles are to be on the road in government, business, utility and Chrysler development fleets by 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.

“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,” said Bob Nardelli, Chairman and CEO — Chrysler.

Chrysler’s Electric Vehicles utilise just three primary components. These include an electric motor to drive the wheels, an advanced lithium-ion battery system to power the electric-drive motor and a controller that manages energy flow. The electric-drive system is being developed for front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, and body-on-frame four-wheel-drive vehicle applications. This technology provides customers with a vehicle that has zero tailpipe emissions and a 150- to 200-mile driving range.

The Range-extended Electric Vehicle technology combines the electric-drive components of the Electric Vehicle with a small petrol engine and integrated electric generator to produce additional energy to power the electric-drive system when needed.

In the Dodge EV sports car the 200 kW electric-drive motor generates 650 N¢m (480 lb.-ft.) of torque. The instant high torque of the electric-drive motor delivers outstanding performance, accelerating the Dodge EV to 60 mph in less than five seconds, with quarter-mile times of 13 seconds and a top speed of more than 120 mph.

To find out more check out www.Chryslergoeselectric.com

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