Chrysler Surges Forward with Production-intent Electric Vehicles

Company Introduces Three Advanced Electric-drive Vehicle Prototypes

  • One targeted to be produced in 2010 for consumers in North American markets, and European markets after 2010
  • Chrysler LLC to have approximately one hundred electric vehicles on
    the road in government, business, utility and development fleets in 2009
  • Chrysler electric-drive technology to be applied to
    front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, and body-on-frame four-wheel-drive
  • Dodge EV: All-electric Performance Sports Car
  • Jeep® EV: Wrangler Range-extended Electric Vehicle to allow customers to roam the planet and take care of it at the same time
  • Chrysler EV: Town & Country Range-extended Electric Vehicle
  • Chrysler and General Electric pursue joint project with U.S. Department of Energy

Actions speak louder than words.

Chrysler LLC announced today that the Company and its ENVI
organization have new production-intent, advanced electric-drive
technology packaged in three different vehicles – one for each of its
brands, Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge.

Chrysler will select one electric-drive model to be produced in 2010
for consumers in North American markets, and European markets after
2010. Additionally, approximately one hundred Chrysler electric
vehicles will be on the road in government, business, utility and
Chrysler development fleets in 2009.

The Company said that it is well into the development of advanced,
production-intent electric vehicles, and that it will apply
electric-drive technology to its front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive
and body-on-frame four-wheel-drive platforms in the next several years.

At its World Headquarters here today, Chrysler revealed its
electric-drive prototypes – Dodge EV, Jeep EV and Chrysler EV – and
demonstrated the driving performance and capability of each.

“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,” said Bob Nardelli,
Chairman and CEO – Chrysler LLC. “The introduction of the 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.”

ENVI Organization

The development of Chrysler’s Electric Vehicles and Range-extended
Electric Vehicles is led by ENVI – representing the first four letters
of “environmental” – the Company’s in-house organization that was
formed to focus on electric-drive production vehicles and related
advanced technologies. The development of electric-drive systems for
future Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles is maturing quickly.

“ENVI was created just over one year ago with the strategic intent
to develop electric-drive vehicles quickly for Chrysler, and it is
surpassing expectations,” said Tom LaSorda – Vice Chairman and
President. “With ENVI, Chrysler is developing technology to bring
Electric Vehicles and extremely fuel-efficient Range-extended Electric
Vehicles to market.”

Electric Vehicle Technology

Chrysler’s Electric Vehicles utilize just three primary components.
These include an electric motor to drive the wheels, an advanced
lithium-ion battery system to power the electric-drive motor, and a
controller that manages energy flow. The electric-drive system is being
developed for front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, and body-on-frame
four-wheel-drive vehicle applications.

“This technology provides customers with a vehicle that has zero
tailpipe emissions and a 150 to 200 mile driving range – far exceeding
most Americans’ daily commutes, as nearly 80 percent of Americans drive
less than 40 miles per day, or 14,000 miles per year,” said Frank
Klegon, Executive Vice President – Product Development. “Electric
Vehicles provide the opportunity to fulfill social responsibility,
reduce dependency on foreign oil, and eliminate monthly gasoline bills,
while delivering performance and utility that our customers desire.”

Range-extended Electric Vehicle Technology

The Range-extended Electric Vehicle combines the electric-drive
components of the Electric Vehicle with a small gasoline engine and
integrated electric generator to produce additional energy to power the
electric-drive system when needed. This provides the positive
attributes of an Electric Vehicle with the driving range equivalent to
today’s gasoline-powered vehicles – with no compromises in performance.

Range-extended Electric Vehicles offer environmental responsibility without giving up driving range, comfort or utility.

Dodge EV

The Dodge EV development Electric Vehicle is a two-passenger
rear-wheel-drive sports car that marries high performance with zero
tailpipe emissions.

“The Dodge EV sets a new standard for what can be expected in
electric-drive vehicles,” said Lou Rhodes, Vice President – Advance
Vehicle Engineering, and President – ENVI. “The electric-vehicle
technology enables a fun-to-drive performance sports car and helps
redefine the vision of an environmentally responsible vehicle for the
Dodge brand.”

The electric-drive system consists of three primary components: a
200 kW (268 horsepower) electric motor, an advanced lithium-ion battery
and an integrated power controller.

The 200 kW electric-drive motor generates 650 N*m (480 lb.-ft.) of
torque. The instant high torque of the electric-drive motor delivers
outstanding performance, accelerating the Dodge EV to 60 mph in less
than five seconds, with quarter-mile times of 13 seconds. The Dodge EV
has a top speed of more than 120 mph.

Working with the latest advanced lithium-ion battery technology, the
Dodge EV has a continuous driving range of 150 to 200 miles, based on
advancement of new battery technology – more than triple the average
daily commute of most consumers. Recharging the vehicle is a simple
one-step process: plugging into a standard 110-volt household outlet
for eight hours. The recharge time can be cut in half to four hours by
using a typical 220-volt household appliance power outlet.

The Dodge EV offers driving enthusiasts a performance sports car
that can be driven to work every day – without consuming gasoline or
producing tailpipe emissions.

Jeep EV

The Jeep EV development vehicle is a Range-extended Electric Vehicle
that provides a glimpse into the future of a “Go Anywhere, Do Anything”
vehicle with renowned Jeep Wrangler capability.

The Jeep EV combines Wrangler’s unmatched off-road capability with
the ultimate “Tread Lightly” mindset by providing nature ambassadors
with the ability to roam the planet and take care of it at the same

The Jeep EV Range-extended Electric Vehicle uses an electric motor,
an advanced lithium-ion battery system, and a small gasoline engine
with an integrated electric generator to produce additional energy to
power the electric-drive system when needed. The 200 kW (268
horsepower) electric motor generates 400 N*m (295 lb.-ft.) of torque.
With approximately eight gallons of gasoline, the Jeep EV has a range
of 400 miles, including 40 miles of zero fuel-consumption,
zero-emissions, all-electric operation.

“We are also exploring four-wheel-drive, in-wheel electric motors to
demonstrate the full reach of ENVI’s advanced electric-drive
technologies,” said Rhodes.

The instant high torque of the electric-drive motor and the ability
to precisely control each wheel independently results in off-road
capability ideally suited for the Jeep brand, without compromising
on-road driving capability.

Chrysler EV

The Chrysler EV development vehicle is a Range-extended Electric
Vehicle that demonstrates another possible application of ENVI
electric-drive technology in the segment-leading Chrysler Town &
Country minivan.

“With the Chrysler EV, we are able to blend seven-passenger
capability and the luxury of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan
with electric-drive technology, demonstrating family practicality with
zero compromise,” said Rhodes. “ENVI’s electric-drive development
vehicles showcase our accelerated application of electric-drive systems
into a wide range of vehicles in Chrysler’s future product portfolio.”

The Chrysler EV combines the electric-drive components of an
Electric Vehicle with an integrated small-displacement engine and
generator to produce additional electricity to power the electric-drive
system when needed. This provides all of the positive attributes of an
Electric Vehicle and extends the driving range to be equivalent to
today’s gasoline-powered vehicles – without compromises.

The Chrysler EV uses a 190 kW (255 horsepower) motor, producing 350
N*m (258 lb.-ft.) of torque, providing 0 to 60 mph acceleration in
approximately nine seconds. The Chrysler EV Range-extended Electric
Vehicle can drive 40 miles on all-electric power, and boasts a range of
400 miles on approximately eight gallons of gasoline. This makes the
Chrysler EV the perfect fuel-efficient family vehicle.

The knowledge and experience gained from the Chrysler EV will be
applied to other front-wheel-drive applications in Chrysler’s portfolio.

Chrysler LLC Electric-vehicle Consumer Web Site

Chrysler LLC has launched a web site –
– to allow consumers to view the latest updates on Electric Vehicles
and Range-extended Electric Vehicles from the Company. Content will
include videos, photography and news, and visitors can sign up for
updates. In addition, the site features a blog where consumers can
interact directly with the Company.

Department of Energy Cooperative Agreement

Chrysler and General Electric are jointly pursuing a project with
the United States Department of Energy to explore advanced
energy-storage technology.

“Chrysler’s partnership with General Electric combines the
electric-drive technology demonstrated in the Chrysler Electric
Vehicles, with GE’s research and development of advanced energy storage
systems,” said Klegon. “Our collective goal working with the DOE is to
develop a new, integrated energy-storage system to make electric
vehicle battery packs smaller and significantly less expensive than
current designs.”

Chrysler and GE will develop and evaluate dual-battery solutions based on GE’s unique technology.

“One of the challenges with electric vehicles is finding a battery
with the correct balance between power – for example, during vehicle
acceleration – and energy for long driving range,” said Klegon. “We
believe that combining two unique battery chemistries – one biased
toward power and the other toward energy – into a single battery pack
is very promising for a future Chrysler Electric Vehicle.”

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