Chrysler LLC 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 platforms
    -   Dodge EV: All-electric Performance Sports Car
    -   Jeep(R) 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
    

    AUBURN HILLS, MI, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - 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(R) 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 Nm (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 - 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 time.
    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 Nm (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 Nm
(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.

    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."

    Additional information and news from Chrysler is available at
http://www.media.chrysler.com.





For further information:

For further information: Cole Quinnell, Office: (248) 512-0154, Cell:
(248) 877-3345, cq12@chrysler.com; Todd Goyer, Office: (248) 512-0041, Cell:
(248) 761-0805, trg32@chrysler.com

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