Chrysler go electric

Chrysler has announced a new electric models bearing the Dodge and Jeep badges.

The Dodge Circuit EV is perhaps the most surprising. Although the Tesla Roadster should have prepared us for the remarkable performance that can come from electric vehicles, it is still surprising to see such an obvious sports car with a power system that some of us still tend to associates with nothing more dynamic than a milk float.

The Dodge Circuit EV - 0-60 in under five seconds with no tailpipe emissions

The Dodge shatters that illusion with a 0-60 time of less than five seconds and a top speed of more than 120 mph.

The big plus, of course is that there are absolutely zero emissions from the car itself. However, like all electric vehicles, the Circuit EV is only as green as the electricity it is charged with. At the moment, that is almost certainly produced using a high proportion of fossil fuel generation.

The 200 kW (268 horsepower) electric motor takes its power from advanced lithium-ion battery system. It has a driving rang of 150 to 200 miles between recharges. The good news when any of Chrysler’s new electric cars reach the European market is that recharging here will take half the time it does in the USA, thanks to the much higher voltage of the UK and European electricity supplies.

The Jeep Patriot EV uses an electric-drive motor, advanced lithium-ion battery system and a small gasoline engine to charge up the electric-drive system. Chrysler say the Jeep Patriot EV has a range of 400 miles, including 40 miles of all-electric operation.
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EV prototype is a two-wheel drive Wrangler. However, Chrysler’s ENVI organization is exploring four-wheel-drive, in-wheel electric motors to demonstrate the full reach of the Company’s advanced electric-drive technologies.
The Wrangler Unlimited EV also uses an ENVI Range-extended Electric Vehicle powertrain, consisting of an electric motor, an advanced lithium-ion battery system, and a small petrol engine to charge the system when needed.
The electric motor produces 200 kW (268 horsepower) and 400 N·m (295 lb.-ft.) of torque. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EV has a range of 400 miles, including 40 miles of zero fuel-consumption, zero-emissions, all-electric operation.
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