LLC Surges Forward with
Production-intent Electric Vehicles
Auburn Hills, Mich.,
Sep 23, 2008 - Actions speak louder than words.
announced today that the Company and its ENVI organization
have new production-intent, advanced electric-drive technology packaged
in three different vehicles – one for each of its brands, Chrysler,
Jeep® and Dodge.
select one electric-drive model to be produced in 2010
for consumers in North American markets, and European markets after
2010. Additionally, approximately 100 Chrysler electric vehicles will
be on the road in government, business, utility and Chrysler
development fleets in 2009.
The Company said
that it is well into the development of advanced,
production-intent electric vehicles, and that it will apply
electric-drive technology to its front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive
and body-on-frame four-wheel-drive platforms in the next several years.
At its World
Headquarters here today, Chrysler revealed its
electric-drive prototypes – Dodge EV, Jeep EV and Chrysler EV – and
demonstrated the driving performance and capability of each.
"We have a
social responsibility to our consumers to deliver
environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient, advanced electric vehicles,
and our intention is to meet that responsibility quickly and more
broadly than any other automobile manufacturer," said Bob Nardelli,
Chairman and CEO – Chrysler LLC. "The introduction of the Chrysler,
Jeep and Dodge electric vehicles provides a glimpse of the very near
future, and demonstrates that we are serious and well along in the
development of bringing electric vehicles to market."
The development of
Chrysler's Electric Vehicles and Range-extended
Electric Vehicles is led by ENVI – representing the first four letters
of "environmental" – the Company's in-house organization that was
formed to focus on electric-drive production vehicles and related
advanced technologies. The development of electric-drive systems for
future Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles is maturing quickly.
created just over one year ago with the strategic intent to
develop electric-drive vehicles quickly for Chrysler, and it is
surpassing expectations," said Tom LaSorda, Vice Chairman and President
– Chrysler LLC. "With ENVI, Chrysler is developing technology to bring
Electric Vehicles and extremely fuel-efficient Range-extended Electric
Vehicles to market."
Electric Vehicles utilize just three primary components.
These include an electric motor to drive the wheels, an advanced
lithium-ion battery system to power the electric-drive motor and a
controller that manages energy flow. The electric-drive system is being
developed for front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, and body-on-frame
four-wheel-drive vehicle applications.
provides customers with a vehicle that has zero
tailpipe emissions and a 150- to 200-mile driving range – far exceeding
most Americans' daily commutes, as nearly 80 percent of Americans drive
less than 40 miles per day, or 14,000 miles per year," said Frank
Klegon, Executive Vice President – Product Development, Chrysler LLC.
"Electric Vehicles provide the opportunity to fulfill social
responsibility, reduce dependency on foreign oil, and eliminate monthly
gasoline bills, while delivering performance and utility that our
Electric Vehicle Technology
Range-extended Electric Vehicle combines the electric-drive
components of the Electric Vehicle with a small gasoline engine and
integrated electric generator to produce additional energy to power the
electric-drive system when needed. This provides the positive
attributes of an Electric Vehicle with the driving range equivalent to
today's gasoline-powered vehicles – with no compromises in performance.
Electric Vehicles offer environmental responsibility
without giving up driving range, comfort or utility.
The Dodge EV
development Electric Vehicle is a two-passenger,
rear-wheel-drive sports car that marries high performance with zero
"The Dodge EV
sets a new standard for what can be expected in
electric-drive vehicles," said Lou Rhodes, Vice President – Advance
Vehicle Engineering, and President – ENVI. "The electric-vehicle
technology enables a fun-to-drive performance sports car and helps
redefine the vision of an environmentally responsible vehicle for the
electric-drive system consists of three primary components: a 200
kW (268 horsepower) electric motor, an advanced lithium-ion battery and
an integrated power controller.
The 200 kW
electric-drive motor generates 650 N•m (480 lb.-ft.) of
torque. The instant high torque of the electric-drive motor delivers
outstanding performance, accelerating the Dodge EV to 60 mph in less
than five seconds, with quarter-mile times of 13 seconds. The Dodge EV
has a top speed of more than 120 mph.
Working with the
latest advanced lithium-ion battery technology, the
Dodge EV has a continuous driving range of 150 to 200 miles – more than
triple the average daily commute of most consumers. Recharging the
vehicle is a simple one-step process: plugging into a standard 110-volt
household outlet for eight hours. The recharge time can be cut in half
to four hours by using a typical 220-volt household appliance power
The Dodge EV
offers driving enthusiasts a performance sports car that
can be driven to work every day – without consuming gasoline or
producing tailpipe emissions.
The Jeep EV
development vehicle is a Range-extended Electric Vehicle
that provides a glimpse into the future of a "Go Anywhere, Do Anything"
vehicle with renowned Jeep Wrangler capability.
The Jeep EV
combines Wrangler's unmatched off-road capability with the
ultimate "Tread Lightly" mindset by providing nature ambassadors with
the ability to roam the planet and take care of it at the same time.
The Jeep EV
Range-extended Electric Vehicle uses an electric motor, an
advanced lithium-ion battery system, and a small gasoline engine with
an integrated electric generator to produce additional energy to power
the electric-drive system when needed. The 200 kW (268 horsepower)
electric motor generates 400 N•m (295 lb.-ft.) of torque. With
approximately eight gallons of gasoline, the Jeep EV has a range of 400
miles, including 40 miles of zero fuel-consumption, zero-emissions,
"We are also
exploring four-wheel-drive, in-wheel electric motors to
demonstrate the full reach of ENVI's advanced electric-drive
technologies," said Rhodes.
The instant high
torque of the electric-drive motor and the ability to
precisely control each wheel independently results in off-road
capability ideally suited for the Jeep brand, without compromising
on-road driving capability.
The Chrysler EV
development vehicle is a Range-extended Electric
Vehicle that demonstrates another possible application of ENVI
electric-drive technology in the segment-leading Chrysler Town &
Chrysler EV, we are able to blend seven-passenger capability
and the luxury of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan with
electric-drive technology, demonstrating family practicality with zero
compromise," said Rhodes. "ENVI's electric-drive development vehicles
showcase our accelerated application of electric-drive systems into a
wide range of vehicles in Chrysler's future product portfolio."
The Chrysler EV
combines the electric-drive components of an Electric
Vehicle with an integrated small-displacement engine and generator to
produce additional electricity to power the electric-drive system when
needed. This provides all of the positive attributes of an Electric
Vehicle and extends the driving range to be equivalent to today's
gasoline-powered vehicles – without compromises.
The Chrysler EV
uses a 190 kW (255 horsepower) motor, producing 350 N•m
(258 lb.-ft.) of torque, providing 0 to 60 mph acceleration in
approximately nine seconds. The Chrysler EV Range-extended Electric
Vehicle can drive 40 miles on all-electric power, and boasts a range of
400 miles on approximately eight gallons of gasoline. This makes the
Chrysler EV the perfect fuel-efficient family vehicle.
and experience gained from the Chrysler EV will be
applied to other front-wheel-drive applications in Chrysler's portfolio.
LLC Electric-vehicle Consumer Web Site
Chrysler LLC has
launched a Web site – www.Chryslergoeselectric.com
– to allow consumers to view the latest updates on Electric Vehicles
and Range-extended Electric Vehicles from the Company. Content will
include videos, photography and news, and visitors can sign up for
updates. In addition, the site features a blog where consumers can
interact directly with the Company.
of Energy Cooperative Agreement
Chrysler and General
Electric are jointly pursuing a project with the
United States Department of Energy to explore advanced energy-storage
partnership with General Electric combines the
electric-drive technology demonstrated in the Chrysler Electric
Vehicles, with GE's research and development of advanced energy storage
systems," said Klegon. "Our collective goal working with the DOE is to
develop a new, integrated energy-storage system to make electric
vehicle battery packs smaller and significantly less expensive than
Chrysler and GE
will develop and evaluate dual-battery solutions based
on GE's unique technology.
"One of the
challenges with electric vehicles is finding a battery with
the correct balance between power – for example, during vehicle
acceleration – and energy for long driving range," said Klegon. "We
believe that combining two unique battery chemistries – one biased
toward power and the other toward energy – into a single battery pack
is very promising for a future Chrysler Electric Vehicle."
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