Chrysler Reveals Details of Lotus-Based Electric Sports Car
Chrysler dropped the other shoe, pre-bailout PR-wise. It’s officially official: ChryCo’s ironically named ENVI group is creating three new electric vehicles: a Dodge sports car (based on the Lotus Europa), a Chrysler minivan and a Jeep. Chrysler claims the plug-in models will go into production as a “fleet” of 100 vehicles next year. They’ll go on sale to the general public in that most magic of model years 2010. The quick and dirty: the Dodge sports car is electric-only, with Chrysler claiming a range of up to 150 miles. The Jeep and Chrysler minivan have theoretical ranges of a Volt-like 40 miles, with “small” gasoline engines on board to “power the electric-drive system.” This sounds more like a generator to recharge the batteries, rather than an engine to simply power the car once the go-juice runs out. Recharge time for the sports car is claimed to be 4/8 hours, depending on your household voltage. As for the Jeep and minivan, they would also plug-in to recharge the batteries; the ICE is for long drives only. As for the type of batteries, site of production, or most importantly – price – we have no idea. Chrysler, LLC may not have any idea about those either.
Update: Between the Lines Editorial Posted Here
What they fail to mention is that merely "dropping in" new tech into a time-worn platform will not result in an "efficient" vehicle; the battery tech doesn't exist that could make a Jeep Wrangler (with its heavy, body on frame construction and piss-poor aerodynamics) go 40 miles; there would need to be extensive use of expensive, lightweight materials, lowering of height, etc. -- in the end, you woudn't have a Jeep anymore; and if it had any "off-road" capability at all, it would cost a hell of a lot more than is does now. (Stop blowing smoke up our asses to get bailouts, puh-leeze!)
joeaverage: Have you been to a Steak & Shake recently? Not just chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla.
Yeah, I know. :) They've got about ten different shakes if you include the side-by-sides. I've sworn them off. Like an SUV - for occasional use only. Love their shakes and their shakes love me (right around the midsection).