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Do Trio of Concept Cars Presage Greener Future At Chrysler?

Dodge ZEO is 2+2 electric muscle car for the 21st century powered by 200kW electric drive with 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and range of 250 miles.

Published: 14-Jan-2008

The introduction of three Earth-friendly Chrysler LLC concept cars today will serve as a coming out party for ENVI, a skunk works team at the automaker whose aim is to bring electric-drive vehicles to market.

In rolling out the vehicles -- an electric Dodge sports wagon, a fuel-cell powered Chrysler sedan and a small electric Jeep with a diesel range extender -- the Auburn Hills automaker is hinting at its future green products.

All three vehicles are powered by batteries and electric motors. Two of them use a range extender to recharge the batteries while the car is in operation; the Chrysler ecoVoyager has a fuel cell, and the Jeep Renegade has a small diesel engine. The other concept, the Dodge ZEO, is an entirely electric vehicle that must be plugged in for recharging.

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