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Chrysler shows it has a of electric vehicles in the pipeline, a Chevy Volt competitor, and coming to a road near you

Chrysler is in the electric-vehicle game, a self-imposed silence with a lookand driveof a trio of vehicles, one of which it says be on the road in 2010, with to come.

The initial prototypes the Dodge EV, which is a fully vehicle based on a Lotus that has been modified for the technology (do all EVs now have to be built Lotuses?). The two-seater has a range of 150 to 200 on electricity alone (it has a 268-hp motor to drive the wheels, a battery system, and a controller to energy flow) and a claimed time of less than seconds, but has a top speed of only 100 mph at point, with 120 expected it goes into production. takes eight hours plugged into a 110-volt outlet, or half the time 220 volts.

The other two prototypes are existing vehicles that have electrified and are what the industry “extended-range” electric vehicles in they can go 40 miles on electricity but small gasoline engines to that range to about 400 la Chevrolet Volt. One is a Jeep with full off-road a 268-hp motor, and a gas tank to the 10 gallons of gasoline it needs for the range. The other concept is a Town Country with a gas engine and 255-hp motor, a nine-gallon tank and the battery nestled into the bins of the ’Go


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“One of will be produced for consumers in says Chrysler chairman Bob Neither he nor vice chairman and Tom LaSorda will say which one it be. While the Dodge would the biggest splashsimilar to the Chevy concept when it debutedthe or minivan would be easier to do.

The also differs from the (also Lotus-based) in that it is to be a volume vehicle.

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While the execs are mum on which is all three will eventually be on the and the automaker is working on a full of EVs and extended-range vehicles for all three LaSorda says development of all is running parallel.

LaSorda says work on the EVs began to Cerberus purchasing the automaker, and they were Chrysler-engineerednot the start. More than a ago Chrysler created a skunkworks as ENVI dedicated to creating vehicles.

“We’re well of where the industry thought we said LaSorda, “perhaps we haven’t tooted our horn now,” he says, in an obvious at the hype generated by the Volt, is due in November 2010. He says the little guy does not mean won’t be aggressive and take While he admits the cars are now that they are drivable he says “we think people will react to we do.”

Nardelli says even if the doesn’t come through loan guarantees, the work is and other hard decisions be made to make it happen if is less money to work

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