Chrysler isn?t letting the fact that it?s staring down the barrel of bankruptcy get it down. For the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, the USA's third largest carmaker will be showcasing its plans for an electric vehicle future, in the form of the Chrysler 200C EV concept and the Dodge Circuit EV.
Developed by Chrysler?s ENVI in-house electric vehicle development group, these cars represent the company?s commitment to bringing to market a full range of electric vehicles for the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands.
?Our goal is to provide creative solutions to the challenges that our customers face around the globe,? Michael Manley, Executive Vice President said. ?We?ve made electric vehicles the primary path to developing clean vehicles for all our product lines. We will produce at least one of these vehicles for North American markets in 2010 and for European markets after 2010.?
Chrysler claims the 200C EV forms the definitive blend of provocative design and leading-edge technology, representing what a next-generation Chrysler sports sedan could be.
The 200kW (268hp) Dodge Circuit EV offers a range of between 241 to 322km, and sprints down the quarter mile in 13 seconds.
Chrysler?s ENVI group, formed in late 2007, is charged with the task of developing the carmaker?s electric vehicle platforms, and bringing them to market. The group has been given huge power within the company, so that it can move fast and respond to market changes quickly.
?ENVI is quickly bringing electric vehicles to market, completely changing the game for our customers,? said Lou Rhodes, President ? ENVI and Vice President ? Advance Vehicle Engineering. ?Chrysler?s ENVI-powered Electric Vehicles will allow consumers to move away from their reliance on fuel stations and traditional maintenance, and instead enjoy a new, more socially responsible level of performance ? instant torque, quietness, smoothness and efficiency ? that today?s internal combustion engine vehicles can?t offer.
?ENVI harnesses the promise of electric vehicles, but takes it further,? he added. ?By working with electric utilities and with battery manufacturers, we are developing a seamless approach to electric vehicle ownership ? an approach that will soon allow consumers to move brilliantly forward in an environmentally friendly, intuitive mobility package.?
Chrysler will apply its ENVI electric-drive technology to each of its brands and to its front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive and body-on-frame four-wheel-drive platforms.