Chrysler's Electric Cars
When the Big 3 CEOs arrived in Washington for hearings a few weeks ago, GM’s Rick Wagoner arrived with the company’s 2010 Chevy Volt and 2009 Chevy Malibu while Ford’s Alan Mulally drove a 2009 Escape Hybrid. Chrysler’s Bob Nardelli came in, get ready for this, a prototype Jeep Wrangler electric vehicle. He also recently showed electric versions of the Chrysler Voyager mini-van and a Lotus Europa-based Dodge EV sports car.
Said Bob Nardelli, Chrysler Chairman and CEO, “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. The introduction of 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.”
Chrysler’s aim is to have 100 electric vehicles in government and civil fleets during 2009 with models available to the driving public in 2010. The Wrangler Nardelli drove to Capitol Hill is similar in concept to the Chevy Volt. It can drive up to 40 miles on pure electricity, then a gasoline engine comes on to extend range. Chrysler claims the vehicle can travel up to 400 miles with a full charge and 8 gallons of gasoline. The same system was demonstrated in one of Chrysler’s famous Town & Country mini-vans.
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