Chrysler Electric Cars Trump Chevy Volt PriusOr Do They?

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Chrysler Electric Cars Chevy Volt, Prius—Or Do

Chrysler EV, Jeep EV and Dodge EV

all the hoopla around the official of the production Chevrolet Volt. by equally breathless press an apparent leak of unofficial I was about to emit a strangled STOP already, the damn car be here for more than two

Well, this morning dealt with all that. In a exclusive interview, Detroit’s underdog and favorite whipping boy a bit of buzz from the omnipresent By announcing it intends to produce EVs—one of them by the end of 2010—the has gone GM one better, by giving of its three brands an uber-cool halo car. (Most have justifiably ignored the styled GEM Peapod, although it may a limited-range urban vehicle—of more later.)

To me, the interesting questions are: supplying the batteries? Will the share anything at all with any Chrysler now builds? And will it build any of these cars

Chrysler says the lithium-ion in each of the three vehicles from a different maker. morning’s Wall Street reports that the company is to usual suspect A123 which recently filed for its public offering (IPO) and all the publicity it can get. Others LG Chem (it is vying with for the Volt contract), EnerDel, and

More intriguing, Chrysler may not an existing platform for upcoming vehicles, as GM has done. The upcoming GM compact car architecture, to be used for the Chevrolet Cruze and a zillion vehicles, has been engineered to the Volt’s E-Flex components, as as standard gas and diesel engines for all the variations.

But in a piece I wrote just Chrysler’s announcement at have to register, sorry), president Frank Rhodes the idea of a single platform two masters. Asked about new powertrains—battery packs, electric small range-extender engines—into also built to accommodate engines, he reacted sharply. platforms? We don’t think makes sense.

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We believe end result is sort of the worst of

(He did suggest that unique and architectures didn’t preclude production lines and intermingled That’s an ambitious task, if the structures and reorganized packaging of the Detroit show concepts over into production.)

Chrysler seems to be drifting outsourced vehicle assembly. The EV was the only new vehicle of the three it off today, and that appears to be a Lotus Europa—albeit in bright with Viper-style double stripes. Lotus already the Tesla Roadster, which is on some components of its Elise. Now and Lotus are reportedly discussing of the Dodge EV in Hethel.

Do I hear an echo? Tesla be particularly happy about one …

Chrysler has also outsourced of its not-yet-arrived small cars, an unnamed version of the Nissan and its Waiting for Godot Chery car. On the flip side, serving as an outsourcer to Volkswagen, for the minivan (nee Dodge and Nissan, for the next Titan truck (nee Dodge Whether Chrysler decides to its all-new EVs in house or finds a to assemble elsewhere—reducing all those capital expenditure for things plants and machinery—will be one to watch.

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