Auburn Hills, Michigan – Chrysler LLC’s three production-intent electric vehicle prototypes will make their worldwide auto show debut at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. The company will display the Dodge EV, Jeep EV and Chrysler EV during the press days and throughout the show’s public days.
Chrysler recently announced that at least one of these models will be produced in 2010 for consumers in North America, and in Europe after 2010. The company will also have close to one hundred electric vehicles on the road in government, business and development fleets in 2009. Chrysler said it is well into the development of advanced production-intent electric vehicles, and will apply the technology to its front- and 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. “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 electric vehicles use just 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 Range-Extended Electric Vehicles combine the electric-drive components of the fully electric vehicles with a small gasoline engine and integrated electric generator, to produce additional energy to power the electric-drive system when needed.
The vehicles on display are the Dodge EV, a two-passenger rear-wheel drive sports car; the Jeep EV Range-Extended Electric Vehicle based on the Jeep Wrangler; and the Chrysler EV, a Range-Extended Electric Vehicle based on the Chrysler Town & Country minivan.