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HILLS, Mich. In a surprise here this morning struggling sales numbers its dealers and fuel-efficient buzz competitors, Chrysler announced it’s charging into the vehicle market a lot sooner expected. The automaker just a trio of battery-powered vehicles an all-electric, 200-mile-range Dodge car that we revved up near its top speed on the test track and could give the Tesla a run for its money and plans to bring one of to market by 2010, aligning with the timetable for General Chevy Volt .

Chrysler who reinforced their case for an hybrid fleet at least powered by batteries, said at a conference on Tuesday that aiming to sell all three extended-range plug-in versions of a Wrangler and Chrysler Town were unveiled in addition to the EV within a decade. But how fast reach dealerships, CEO Bob Nardelli may well depend on whether the government comes through a package of loan guarantees for Big Three.

You’re going to see the electrification of all in the years ahead, said Klegon, Chrysler’s executive president for product development. will range from battery power to simpler like Stop/Start, which shuts off an engine at a stoplight. Klegon forecasts that at 50 percent of the market will of pure EVs or extended-range electric (EREVs) by around 2020.

The former category very could include the Dodge EV. If the is familiar, that’s because the and platform are borrowed from the Europa sportscar ( not the Lotus as you might first imagine). have been minor made to squeeze in a 200-kilowatt and a lithium-ion battery pack in production, would yield between 150 and 200 miles on a charge. Quigley, engineering lead for ENVI advanced powertrain that is also working on concepts we saw at the Detroit auto this year, said the two-seater should be able to from 0-to-60 in under 5

He wouldn’t say how much under, but the is to be faster than the Lotus a target of the mid-13-second range for the run. And if our 20-minute test on the 2-mile track here is any that should be very The new EV handles like a charm, sharp steering and some giddyup we could feel the beneath us while hearing a thing.

The Jeep and Chrysler plug-ins, the Volt, both fall the extended-range category to combine and gasoline power. And like GM, is aiming for a 40-mile range on charges alone, claiming both vehicles should be to hit 400 miles with an 8- or 9-gal. of gas. Chrysler modified its Jeep Wrangler for the white truck unveiled here and that should mean the off-road capabilities.

The minivan is a upmodded version of the popular Country. with the underbody used to hide the Stow-and-Go in a conventional Chrysler minivan the large battery packs.

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So which of the three new electric will come to market Chrysler isn’t saying in President Tom LaSorda acknowledged, the company has yet to decide. There are questions to answer, including batteries the company will use and who supply them. The good Klegon said, is that the of potential battery vendors has in recent years.

Coming up reliable, high-power batteries is a challenge, but there’s also the of cost. Lithium-ion technology is expensive, but Chrysler, like its believes that in high costs should plunge.

the automaker is launching a new joint with General Electric Chrysler CEO Nardelli first to prominence) aimed at developing more advanced battery One approach that the partners to study would pair two types of batteries, such as and sodium-sulfur, to see if they can yield levels of power and performance.

Admittedly short on cash and with sales, Chrysler recently have spent a lot of in Washington, D.C. meeting the lawmakers who would have to a loan guarantee package might exceed $25 billion for Nardelli said he was very with the feedback he has gotten, but that without that there will have to be very tough decisions about what Chrysler can to fund.

Chrysler actually put a product on display here, the buggy-size Peapod Neighborhood Vehicle (NEV) from the GEM division. NEVs are, gussied-up electric golf they have found a but comfortable niche in places retirement villages and college Newly renamed Green GEM will launch the 25-mph and its 30-mile-range sometime next with more eco-friendly to come from the division and its company, suddenly back in the in a big way in the new decade. Paul Eisenstein

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