Chrysler's Jim Press Offers New Insight into Electric Car Plans
In an intimate roundtable discussion I attended today, Chrysler President Jim Press discussed the challenges of continued devleopment of Chrysler's ENVI-powered electric vehicles - one of which will be released in 2010.
Currently, Chrysler is road-testing 100 ENVI vehicles and addressing issues such as the cost and "robustness" of the vehicle batteries. Chrysler is considering leasing the batteries in order to keep consumer cost down - or establishing a "only pay for what you use" strategy. Future developments also include an extended-range electric vehicle with an on-board generator that will recharge the battery when necessary.
Press (formerly of Toyota) says that Chrysler is currently debating how to create a large scale infrastructure that will support battery recharging. One consideration is the develoment of stations that would have charged batteries in stock...entertaining a "shared use" concept where a driver drops off a nearly-dead battery for recharging and takes off with one that is fully charged.
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