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Chrysler showcases 'production intent' electric vehicle at NAIAS
|Chrysler 200c EV|
At this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the American automaker showed the public updated versions of three electric powered vehicles that were first announced several months back--including a Lotus-esque Dodge sports car (now called the Circuit), a Chrysler Town & Country EV and a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EV. A new model was shown as well--the Jeep Patriot EV.
Chrysler says that at least one of the vehicles displayed would be produced for North American markets in 2010.
"Chrysler's broad portfolio of electric vehicle prototypes clearly demonstrates that we are well on our way to bringing electric vehicles to our consumers' garages," said Frank Klegon, Executive Vice President - Product Development, Chrysler LLC. "With our ENVI-powered vehicles, Chrysler's strategy is to deliver customers a wide array of electric vehicles that provide an environmentally friendly, clean, quiet and responsible driving experience."
The range-extended electric drive system found in the Patriot, Town and Country and Wrangler enable totally electric driving within a certain range--after which the on-board gas engine kicks in to recharge the batteries. The Dodge Circuit is solely electrical, and has a range of up to 320 kilometers.
The Chrysler 200C EV is a smart-looking sedan featuring a powertrain that includes a 74-hp electric motor with a battery pack, good for a 64-km range, and a small gasoline regenerative engine that bumps the car's range to 644 km. No specific details on the engine have been announced for the moment, but peak power is estimated at 298 horses.
Other specs include rear-wheel drive, an all-independent suspension and 20-inch wheels. The 4-passenger 200C rides on a 2,948-mm wheelbase and is 4,879-mm long.
Inside, the 200C EV's instrument panel emphasizes simplicity and features a multimedia interface with a touch screen that is used to control just about every function. The four individual seats are heated and cooled, and a next-generation version of the UConnect hands-free system is also included.
One thing's certain--this is going to be technology to watch in the coming years.
|Jeep Patriot EV|
Photo Credit : Philippe Champoux