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AP Photo/Paul Sancya An electric minivan prototype is in Auburn Hills Tuesday. The a Dodge sports car, is completely electric, and a Jeep were also introduced. The and Chrysler minivan models have a recharging system to the Volt, which GM has said go on sale in November 2010.

HILLS Chrysler LLC charged up the car race Tuesday, muscling in on Motors Corp.’s Chevrolet by unveiling three electric-powered and promising to put one of them on sale in the sometime in 2010.

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The company reporters three prototypes: a sports car, a four-door Wrangler and a Chrysler minivan. product development chief, Klegon, said the automaker decided which one it will out first.

The Dodge sports car is completely and based on Lotus Europa but the Wrangler and the Town Country will be extended-range vehicles to the Volt, which GM has said go on sale in November 2010.

the Volt, all three Chrysler are recharged by plugging them a standard wall outlet. The car is supposed to have a range of up to 200 while the minivan and Jeep be able to go 40 miles on battery alone, with a small kicking in after that to the batteries and extend the range to 400 miles.

The automaker wouldn’t pricing, but GM’s Volt is to cost $30,000 to $40,000 far more expensive than conventional cars. Chrysler said they hope to down the cost as more are sold.

With gasoline near $4 per all automakers have scrambling to out more efficient small and eventually electric vehicles. But their new fuel-efficient gas-powered are about two years away, struggling automakers to scrap for in a shrinking U.S. market has shifted dramatically from to cars.

Chrysler’s sales taken the hardest hit, and the appeared to be behind other that have touted to launch electric vehicles in the few years. But Vice Chairman Tom said Tuesday that is further ahead on developing vehicles than many had though it kept the cars until recently.

We believe in the ‘Actions speak louder words,’ LaSorda said.

Chief Executive Bob Nardelli that Chrysler showed off its prototypes now because Congress is a $25 billion loan program to automakers and their suppliers plants to make more vehicles.

Vice Chairman Jim Press the timing of the announcement also had to do with the publicity GM gained week by revealing the production of the Volt.

This shows our commitment is not to public relations, but to advancing technology and putting it in the of customers in an affordable manner, said. These are vehicles are being engineered to move the laboratory into the street and the This isn’t just for

This is part of our development

Nardelli told reporters the loans would help the technology to market. But if they approved, Chrysler will to spend limited resources on new technology and would have to cuts elsewhere, possibly in and development of conventional products.

Unfortunately we have had to furlough families as a result of the economy and certainly the downward spiraling in the he said. I’d like to sure that we don’t to go further to be able to support technology work.


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The three displayed Tuesday at Chrysler’s Hills headquarters complex second-generation prototypes, built on existing models in order to them to market, Klegon

Chrysler also unveiled the a new small neighborhood electric that can go up to 30 miles on a charge, and it would sell an electric in Europe sometime after

Klegon said Chrysler is working with several on the battery technology for its vehicles. The has an agreement with General Corp. and the U.S. Department of and also is working with maker A123 Systems

Press said the electric shows great promise most minivan trips are to home, so it could operate solely on electricity.

People buy it, families, need help fuel costs, he said. A lot of van use is in cycle, going back and to school or the grocery store.

The executives said the day is coming the whole Chrysler fleet has powertrains.

The goal is to achieve technology, get economies of scale, our ability to make the future more robust, less smaller, more powerful, performance, Press said. it will lead to a transformation of our fleet that will be in manner electric drive.

Toyota Motor Corp. is pushing to get a plug-in electric to market in 2010, while Motor Co. which is testing 20 on in California, says it is five away from producing in significant numbers.

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