Chrysler electric vehicles. Click image to enlarge
Auburn Hills, Michigan – Chrysler LLC has announced that it will produce electric drive vehicles for consumers in North America in 2010, and for European markets after 2010, with approximately 100 vehicles in government, business, utility and Chrysler development fleets in 2009.
The company and its in-house advanced technology ENVI organization have new production-intent, advanced electric-drive technology packaged in three vehicles, one for each of its Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands. It will select one electric-drive model for production by the promised date.
Chrysler said that it is well into the development of the vehicles and 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. It revealed its prototypes, the Dodge EV, Jeep EV and Chrysler EV, at its World Headquarters in Michigan and demonstrated the driving performance and capability of each.
“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 of Chrysler LLC. “The introduction of the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge electric vehicles provides a glimpse of the very near future, and demonstrates that we are serious and well along in the development of bringing electric vehicles to market.”
The vehicle use three primary components: an electric motor to drive the wheels, an advanced lithium-ion battery system to power the motor, and a controller that manages energy flow. The company said that the vehicles will have a driving range of 150 to 200 miles (241 to 321 km), which far exceeds the average commute of American drivers, who drive less than 40 miles (64 km) per day. The company also has a range-extended electric vehicle, which combines the electric components with a small gasoline engine and integrated electric generator to produce additional energy to power the electric-drive system when needed, giving the vehicle a driving range equivalent to a current gasoline-powered vehicle.
The company showed the Dodge EV, a two-passenger, rear-wheel drive sports car; the Jeep EV, an extended-range electric vehicle with the capability of the current Wrangler; and the Chrysler EV, an extended-range electric minivan.
The company has launched a web site, Chrysler Goes Electric, which allows consumers to view the latest updates on Chrysler’s electric vehicles and range-extended electric vehicles.