Chrysler electric car

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Chrysler Electric Cars

Chrysler electric car

Announced in and promised for 2010, but never

The Chrysler electric car was announced great fanfare in late Not just one but in fact three vehicles were part of plan, and they were for delivery in 2010, as long as the US came through with guarantees to help the ailing and its two Detroit competitors, GM and Ford. pledged at the Detroit Auto in January 2009 to have electric cars on the road by

You really can’t trust the Big to follow through on a promise to an electric car — their record is pretty abysmal. been a hundred years the first electric car was built. were popular for a few years but out to the internal combustion engine the bulky lead acid technology couldn’t compete the much higher energy and rapid refuelling offered by When the 1970’s brought the oil and burgeoning environmental movement, felt the need to build fuel efficient cars to off competition from more foreign imports, as well as to prototypes for electric cars to their image as green car

But the efficient domestic cars lost ground to gas-guzzling as oil prices fell again, and of the electric cars never got the drawing board, or the pomp and of an auto show, or a small of movie stars driving around — on lease until the automakers decided to that design just their next announcement of an car.

Who Killed the Electric

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In fact there’s a documentary movie on the GM EV1, a electric car leased by GM between and 1999, of which fewer 1,200 were made. Who the Electric Car tells the story of car, its proponents and fans, and controversial decision to recall the units and destroy them, in of vehement protests from the drivers who had leased them.

It’s enough to make you in conspiracy theories.

So you won’t be to learn that the ambitious electric car program announced in with great fanfare and was quietly disbanded in November

Instead Chrysler placed its on the Fiat 500 EV, an all-electric version of the 500 that I first saw 40 years ago I moved to Rome as a kid. The 500 is similar in size to a Smart much smaller than the fan or Jeep Chrysler had lined up as two of the Chrysler electric car offerings were planning. And I can only that the new Fiat 500 EV will be a bit solid than the Fiat that were tearing the streets of Rome back in

In case you didn’t know it, is a part owner of Chrysler; it now over half of the company’s while the United Auto owns most of the balance. The gas of the Fiat 500 has already reached American markets, and I’ve a number of them buzzing Toronto streets (to be fair, look a lot more solid the Cinquecentos I remember from my Is this Chrysler electric car of the Fiat 500 just a way to boost for its gas counterpart?

But will the Fiat 500 EV ever see the of day? Browsing the Fiat you’d never even it even existed. It was announced in 2010 at the Detroit Auto but has never, as far as I can tell, progressed to the stage.

The only Fiat 500 EVs on the now are retrofits — because the 500 is a small car, it is ideal for to electric, since its low weight it a longer range on one battery An electric conversion Fiat 500 was found in Muammar Qaddafi’s compound in August 2011 rebel forces stormed the (Qadaffi apparently had several electric cars as well.)

Chrysler Electric Cars

US automakers have a terrible of keeping promises on electric But this really isn’t a electric car we’re talking it’s a Fiat electric and Fiat as a European automaker has a stronger incentive to bring cars to market -I hate to be but it’s hard not to see Chrysler’s off-again interest in electric as a ploy to get government grants and consumer complacency, or relief stricter fuel economy from Congress. Congress or the DOE or EPA to raise fuel economy and the Big Three announce plans for cars, hybrids, super-efficient gas Then people think the has been solved.

All the car makers have done is stuff. They haven’t done anything.

Yet another electric car went into in 2008. The US DOE chose Chrysler to get up to $48 to build 140 hybrid Dodge Ram for a three-year test. Hold on did you read that right? $48 to build 140 hybrid pickup

Let’s do the math: that out to $342,857 per pickup. The trucks supposed to be up to 65% more fuel-efficient their gas-only predecessors. means a Dodge Ram, of being about three less efficient than a Prius, would only be two less efficient. Focusing on pick-up trucks more might sound like a idea — after some people do need trucks for their work but how many people who drive trucks really need

I would guess that pick-up truck owners save more money by supplementing their pick-up with a Smart Car for passenger-only instead of upgrading to a hybrid truck.

The first of these 140 electric Dodge Rams dispatched to a number of US cities for government department use, in May 2011. But again this is for evaluation and data gathering Meanwhile, Toyota had already 3 million hybrid cars by 2011 (although I grant most of those were not hybrids like the Dodge but Toyota is hoping to sell its 40,000 plug-in electric Priuses in 2012).

I would love to see a Chrysler car that actually does we need an electric car to do — reasonable capacity, reasonable (up to 100 km/h or 65MPH), reasonable (100 km or 65 miles per charge), price ($20,000 or less) and production that people can buy the things. But I’m not holding my The more you look at electric car from the Big Three, the harder it is to them seriously.

Please, prove me wrong!

Chrysler Electric Cars
Chrysler Electric Cars
Chrysler Electric Cars
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