2011 Dodge Electric Vehicle Spied Car and Driver

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2011 Dodge Electric Vehicle

Amid fears of bankruptcy and hope for a bailout, Dodge continues to develop its Lotus-based electric vehicle.

December 2008

BY DAVID GLUCKMAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRENDA PRIDDY AND COMPANY AND THE MANUFACTURERS

When Chrysler introduced the world to a trio of electric vehicle concepts at a hastily assembled press conference back in September, we were surprised. Chrysler claimed that it had chosen not to make a big noise about its alternative powertrain development, distancing its plan from the approach GM is taking with its many (and continued) progress updates on the Chevrolet Volt. Up until that point, it seemed the Pentastar was content to let the world believe that the Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen two-mode hybrids on sale just this summer and already slated to be … off by Januarywere its only solutions.

The three EVs proved otherwise.

Two of the concepts were extended-range EVs based on a minivan and a Jeep Wranglertwo of Chrysler’s few competitive productswhile the third was a fully electric affair created using a Lotus Europa 2+2 coupe. The word back in September was that one of the three cars would go into production by 2010, and it was easy for us to believe that we’d never see the Dodge EV on the road again. Not so, apparently, as these spy shots provide the second surprise from the Lotus-based car.

Testing appears to be ongoing, with these grainy photos showing reworked front and rear fascias that likely accept Dodge-specific lights. (In the rush to show the vehicle to the press this fall, Chrysler rolled out what was basically a Lotus with Dodge emblems, including one glued over the badge on the steering wheel.) The most obvious change is on the face where Dodge’s signature cross-hair treatment fronts the lower grille, giving it a striking resemblance to the now-defunct Stratus coupe. We’ve created a rendering of what this vehicle might look like based on the spy photos. The new styling shows that Dodge is serious about its plans to bring this vehicle to market, even while it’s having trouble selling its mainstream wares.

Why the Dodge?

If Chrysler does manage to hang on and make use of whatever federal bailout package is eventually agreed upon, it’s still tough to make the case to develop such a vehicle. With so many of the company’s subpar products in dire need of a rework or redo, green posturing would be one of the few explanations for the Dodge EV.


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Way back when, Chrysler said that the three vehicles were being developed simultaneously. That approach would only make sense if all three were destined for production. If that’s the case, Chrysler would choose one to be ready for the promised 2010 on-sale date, with the others following in later years. 2010 seems awfully far away at this point, especially with the fate of the entire company on such shaky ground financially.

Indeed, bankruptcy could come as soon as the beginning of the year.

We’re intriguedand somewhat perplexedthat Chrysler would continue developing what would likely be a low-volume vehicle. With Tesla asking nearly $100k for its Roadster. though, Chrysler may be able to leverage its relatively large size to undercut that price while still adhering to the same basic formula as Tesla in building such a vehicleLotus building the shell and Chrysler supplying the powertrain guts. The concept version used a 268-hp electric motor fed by lithium-ion batteries from an unknown supplier, and boasted 480 lb-ft of torque.

Chrysler claims a 060 time of under five seconds for the concept.

It remains to be seen if the American car-buying public is even interested in an electric sports car such as this, and indeed whether Chrysler can survive long enough to produce any of its proposed electric vehicles.

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