Chrysler at Geneva Motor Show
Dodge Circuit EV
20th February, 2009
Company Displays Chrysler 200C EV Concept and Dodge Circuit EV for First Time
Outside the United States
- Chrysler ENVI inspires a personal mobility revolution, delivering clean, environmentally responsible, no-compromise
- Chrysler 200C EV concept and Dodge Circuit EV – in their European premieres – exemplify potential electric-drive vehicle
offerings from Chrysler LLC
- First Chrysler electric vehicle to be produced next year
With its rapidly growing portfolio of ENVI-powered Electric Vehicles, Chrysler LLC is inspiring a personal mobility
revolution, providing a new generation of responsible, no-compromise Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles for consumers who
care about the planet’s future and want to take care of it.
At the 79th Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, Chrysler showcases its electric vehicle future with the European premieres
of the Chrysler 200C EV concept vehicle and Dodge Circuit EV prototype.
The Company recently unveiled these two vehicles – along with the new Jeep Patriot EV, the updated Chrysler Town &
Country EV and the updated Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EV – reinforcing a commitment to developing and bringing to market a
broad array of advanced electric vehicles for the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands.
“Our goal is to provide creative solutions to the challenges that our customers face around the globe,” said
Michael Manley, Executive Vice President – International Sales and Global Product Planning Operations, Chrysler LLC.
“We’ve made electric vehicles the primary path to developing clean vehicles for all our product lines. We will produce
at least one of these vehicles for North American markets in 2010 and for European markets after 2010.”
The Chrysler 200C EV concept is the definitive blend of provocative design and leading-edge technology, representing
what a next generation Chrysler sports sedan could be. The Chrysler 200C EV concept also demonstrates Chrysler’s leading
edge in-vehicle connectivity. With 64 kilometres of all-electric range, this Range-extended Electric Vehicle is capable
of a 644-kilometre total driving range.
Dodge showcases the newest version of its all-electric sports car: the Dodge Circuit EV. Featuring new fearless Dodge
front and rear designs and a new Dodge interior, the Dodge Circuit EV boasts a range of 241 to 322 kilometres with zero
petrol consumption and zero tailpipe emissions.
“Chrysler’s broad portfolio of electric vehicle prototypes clearly demonstrates that we are well on our way to
bringing electric vehicles to our customers,” said Frank Klegon, Executive Vice President – Product Development.
“With our ENVI-powered vehicles, Chrysler’s strategy is to deliver customers a wide array of electric vehicles that
provide an environmentally friendly, clean, quiet and responsible driving experience.”
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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 organisation that was formed in late 2007 to focus
on electric-drive production vehicles and related advanced technologies.
ENVI is an empowered, cross-functional, nimble team that can move quickly and has access to the vast resources
within Chrysler to allow rapid proliferation of electric-drive vehicles.
“ENVI is quickly bringing electric vehicles to market, completely changing the game for our customers,” said
Lou Rhodes, President – ENVI and Vice President – Advance Vehicle Engineering. "Chrysler’s ENVI-powered Electric
Vehicles will allow consumers to move away from their reliance on fuel stations and traditional maintenance, and
instead enjoy a new, more socially responsible level of performance – instant torque, quietness, smoothness and
efficiency – that today’s internal combustion engine vehicles can’t offer."
“ENVI harnesses the promise of electric vehicles, but takes it further,” Rhodes added. “By working with
electric utilities and with battery manufacturers, we are developing a seamless approach to electric vehicle ownership
– an approach that will soon allow consumers to move brilliantly forward in an environmentally friendly, intuitive
ENVI’s Electric Vehicles and Range-extended Electric Vehicles will significantly reduce dependency on fossil fuels
and CO2 emissions.
Chrysler will apply its ENVI electric-drive technology to each of its brands and to its front-wheel-drive,
rear-wheel-drive and body-on-frame four-wheel-drive platforms.
“As demonstrated with our line-up of ENVI Electric Vehicle prototypes, Chrysler is quickly moving toward using
electricity to power the bold performance of Dodge vehicles, the versatility and capability of Jeep vehicles, and the
comfort and functionality of Chrysler vehicles,” Rhodes said.
Chrysler’s All-electric Vehicle Technology
Chrysler’s ENVI-powered Electric Vehicles utilise 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.
“ENVI Electric Vehicle technology will provide customers with vehicles that achieve zero tailpipe emissions and a
241 to 322 kilometre driving range,” Rhodes said. “Chrysler’s ENVI-powered Electric Vehicles provide the
opportunity to fulfil social responsibility, reduce dependency on foreign oil and eliminate monthly gasoline (petrol)
bills, while delivering performance and utility that our customers desire.”
The result of ENVI’s Electric Vehicle technology is a completely new driving experience that delivers instantaneous
acceleration and responsiveness. The electric-drive technology enables a new standard of quiet, smooth and efficient
Recharging a Chrysler all-electric vehicle is a simple one-step process: plugging into a standard 110-volt or 220-volt
household outlet. The recharge time can be cut in half by using a 220-volt household appliance power outlet.
Chrysler’s Range-extended Electric Vehicle Technology
The Range-extended Electric Vehicle combines the electric-drive components of the ENVI Electric Vehicle with a small
petrol 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
petrol-powered vehicles – with no compromises in performance.
ENVI’s Range-extended Electric Vehicles can travel 64 kilometres on battery power alone using zero petrol and
producing zero tailpipe emissions. A small internal combustion engine and integrated generator produce electricity that
extends the range to 644 kilometres.
Range-extended Electric Vehicles offer environmental responsibility without giving up driving range, comfort or
The recharging process and time for a Range-extended Electric Vehicle is the same as an all-electric vehicle,
using either a 110-volt or 220-volt outlet.
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