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Chrysler Stuns Automotive World with Four New Electric Cars

Sep. 23, 2008 10:09 a.m.

Just one day after reports that Chrysler was preparing a competitor for the Chevy Volt, the company sucked the air out of the automotive press with a highly unusual move this morning. The imperiled Detroit automaker, long thought to be behind its rivals in developing fuel-efficient cars, used an appearance on CNBC to unveil four new electric vehicles that had been developed, according to CEO Bob Nardelli, "in relative secrecy." While most automakers have gone out of their way to generate publicity for their green vehicle efforts in recent years, privately-owned Chrysler had kept these vehicles under wraps until this morning. The vehicles appear relatively close to production-ready, and could change the landscape of the automotive industry.

In a video of the reveal posted on the CNBC website, Chrysler Vice Chairman Tom LaSorda tells CNBC's Phil LeBeau the vehicles could be "out in use in some fleets" in 2009. Asked when they might reach mass-production for sale in Chrysler showrooms, he replied, "We're ready to go in '11."

The vehicles included a pair of extended-range electric vehicles that Chrysler executives claimed could travel 40 miles under electric power alone before a 1-liter gasoline engine kicks in, much like Chevy's heavily-hyped 2010 Volt. One was an unnamed Chrysler minivan, the other a four-door Jeep Wrangler. While Chevy has not allowed the press to drive the Volt and says the powertrain isn't ready, CNBC's LeBeau was allowed to drive the Wrangler EV on a Chrysler test track.

Perhaps the most impressive of the vehicles, however, was a purely electric sports car called the Dodge EV. Jalopnik reports that the EV "has similar performance numbers," and "some striking visual similarities with" the Tesla high-performance electric Roadster. Officials claim the EV accelerates from zero to sixty miles per hour in under five seconds, charges off of a standard household outlet, and has a range of 150 to 200 miles on each charge.

Lastly, Chrysler officials showed a "neighborhood vehicle" known as "the peapod," which resembled the GEM electric cars Chrysler has sold in retirement communities for several years. No details on the peapod were offered. GEM cars have a top speed of 25 miles per hour and generally cost about $6,000 to $9,000 dollars.

Chrysler officials did not reveal pricing details on any of the vehicles. Asked about pricing in the video, CEO Nardelli said only "we're sensitive to that," and pointed to a proposal before Congress asking for $25 billion in loans to help the auto industry produce more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Autoblog expects these cars to be used in pushing Congress to approve the loans. "Look for all three prototypes to head to D.C., where they'll be showcased for Congressional leaders who have a say in whether or not Washington will show Detroit the money they've been asking for," they write.


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Chrysler plugs in big time with three EVs

The rumors were true. Chrysler has swept from far back to a surprising -- even leading -- spot in the multi-furlong steeplechase to become the first major automaker to deliver an electric, or plug-in electric, vehicle to market.

Pictures and reviews. Check it out!

LINK: Chrysler plugs in big time with three EVs | Up to Speed | Los Angeles Times

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The Dodge EV suprisingly doesn't look too bad!
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Chrysler unveils Peapod electric car

Chrysler unveils GEM Peapod electric car, could hit roads by 2009

Along with an electric sports car, minivan and Jeep, today Chrysler also unveiled a new all-electric car from their GEM subsidiary called the Peapod. The Peapod is first of a new generation of GEM electric vehicles that will be more user-friendly and more efficient.

"We have evolved the GEM design language to better reflect its eco-friendly performance and its upbeat, positive image," said Peter Arnell, Chrysler's Chief Innovation Officer who led the design process. "These vehicles use no gasoline and emit no pollutants. So whether it's a trip around the neighborhood or the drive to school or work, the GEM Peapod is the ideal way to contribute to a greener planet, and a healthy lifestyle."

Unlike some past GEM vehicles, the Peapod is fully enclosed and designed to be more aerodynamic. Chrysler hasn't released any details about the Peapod's range or any new battery technology it may incorporate, but it's likely it will be an improvement over previous models. Chrysler has released some information about the driver comforts, though. The Peapod will have a built-in interface in the dash for your iPod or iPhone and will interface with the iPhone for hands-free calling. The seats will be made from a mesh material to allow better air circulation and will be made from eco-friendly and recycled materials.


GEM hopes to have the Peapod into production in 2009, and will follow it with more new models. For now, future plans include an electric light-duty commercial truck and a large city electric car with more range and performance, both of which GEM hopes to get into production next year along with the Peapod.

Chrysler also announced today that the GEM name will be changed from Global Electric Motors to GreenEcoMobility, in what appears to be an obvious marketing stunt to cash in on environmentally-friendly buzzwords.

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Nice find! Go Chrylser!

Would any of these be the 7 new models for 2010?

You gotta admit though, it would be awesome if Chrysler put out a better electric car than the Volt before the Volt


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Chrysler switching gears

September 24, 2008
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The mountain-climbing, desert-traversing Jeep Wrangler could be headed on a new adventure: to an electric outlet.

Manufacturer Chrysler LLC yesterday unveiled an electric-drive prototype of the Toledo-built model intended to go 400 miles — about the distance between northwest Ohio and Knoxville, Tenn.— on eight gallons of gas.

That’s 50 miles to the gallon, or more than double the vehicle’s current highway fuel economy.
“Wow!” said a surprised Bruce Baumhower, president of United Auto Workers Local 12, which represents about 3,400 workers at the Toledo Jeep/NITRO Assembly complex. “We’re excited that they’re doing something to help our products in the marketplace.”


“What’s great is that really tells us that Cerberus is in this for the long haul — that they aren’t just looking to sell off the company piece by piece.”

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Plug-in Tax Credit $7,500

U.S. Senate approves plug-in tax credit

09/24/2008

Edmunds.comYesterday afternoon, the United States Senate approved a tax credit that provides up to $7,500 in discounts for buyers of plug-in hybrids - a type of vehicle that isn’t even on the market yet. Buried within a complex bill was a provision for buyers of plug-in electric vehicles that gives them a tax credit between $2,500 and $7,500 depending on battery capacity.
This could give General Motors the boost it needs for the upcoming Chevrolet Volt, which the automaker expects to be priced over $30,000. Many industry analysts have claimed that the Volt’s high price point, which is still unlikely to garner profits in for GM for the first generation model, will make it a tough sell. The Volt would qualify for the maximum $7,500 incentive.

The measure said that the tax credits would be phased out after the 250,000th plug-in electric vehicle had been sold. It provides a significantly higher credit than the provision buried within a House bill passed just a week ago.

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What’s a Pea-Pod?

What’s a Pea-Pod? It’s Chrysler’s new “Neighborhood Electric Vehicle” concept, or NEV.

An NEV, is a federally classified low-speed vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 3,000 pounds and a top speed between 20 and 25 mph. It is generally restricted to streets with a maximum speed limit of 35 mph. Because airbags are not required, an NEV cannot travel on highways.

Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli calls it an electric vehicle for “gated communities,” and Peter Arnell, Chrysler’s chief innovation officer, describes the look as “upbeat and positive.” With two large doors, a full roof and huge, oversize window’s, it’s definitely a head turner. With cabin features like iPod integration and mesh seating, you too may find yourself sitting on the front steps, waiting for the kids to finally get home with it.

LINK: Chrysler’s “Gated Community” Pea-Pod Electric Car : Gas 2.0

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