• Jan 14, 2008
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One of three Pentastar concepts powered by some combination of cutting-edge technology, the Chrysler ecoVoyager continues the automaker's fascination with art-deco by resurrecting the Stout Scarab. Doing away with a conventional powertrain and installing a 45kW fuel cell allows the 268-horsepower electric motor to spin the wheels for 300 miles before refueling. The Li-Ion batteries give the concept a theoretical range of 40 miles before the fuel cell is called upon, and regenerative braking recovers some energy for the batteries, too.

The skateboard nature of the chassis and power systems allows for a very roomy cabin and low center of gravity, which aids handling. Weighing in at a modest 2,750 pounds, the ecoVoyager doesn't have a problem performing like the cars we know and love, either. 0-60 is dispatched in 8.8 seconds, and Chrysler's claiming a 12.9 second quarter mile, which we find astounding to the point of disbelief. A 13-second quarter mile seems too fleet, even for the eyeball-flattening torque delivery of electric motors. Nuts and bolts aside, Chrysler outfitted the ecoVoyager's interior to keep occupants connected, entertained, fed and watered. There's even dual strips of sunroof that don't look at all like toaster slots. The goal was to create the earth-bound experience that a Gulfstream jet offers in the air. The powertrain of the ecoVoyager certainly outpaces the mere jet-age ideas of a G5.




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Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept

Elegant luxury design coupled with advanced hydrogen fuel cell Range-extended Electric Vehicle technology

Chrysler's concept for 2008 – the ecoVoyager – marries an elegant American design with fuel cell Range-extended Electric Vehicle technology.

"The 2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager concept vehicle celebrates the romance of automobile travel embodied in a four-door, four-passenger, distinctively American automobile of spirited design," said Greg Howell, principal ecoVoyager concept exterior designer. "While the ecoVoyager's supple, flowing one-box shape is purposely designed to achieve aerodynamic efficiencies, it also pushes the Chrysler brand language in a new direction of 'elegant simplicity,' by taking full advantage of the space normally occupied by a bulky conventional powertrain setup to drastically reduce the front overhang."

Featuring crisscrossing forms defined by hard lines with fluid intersections, the style vocabulary of the ecoVoyager embodies Chrysler's harmonization of functional technology with beautifully-styled exteriors and interiors.

The Chrysler ecoVoyager concept was developed for customers wanting a travel experience on par with a private jet, but without a lot of fancy gadgetry. These customers seek three critical attributes: elegance, simplicity and serenity.

Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept Technology

The all-new Chrysler ecoVoyager's wheels are driven by an electric motor, with power primarily supplied by a lithium-ion battery pack capable of satisfying a consumer's typical daily commute of less than 40 miles.

The electric motor develops 200 kilowatts (268 horsepower), enabling acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in less than eight seconds. A regenerative braking system captures energy that would normally be lost and returns it to the battery, making the Chrysler ecoVoyager concept a very efficient and spacious vehicle.

The ecoVoyager takes advantage of a range extender – in this case, a small, advanced hydrogen fuel cell -- to extend the vehicle range for occasional long trips. With this advanced technology, the Chrysler ecoVoyager's total range is greater than 300 miles, while no emissions – besides water vapor -- come from the tailpipe along the way.

With the entire propulsion system located below the ecoVoyager's floor, space is maximized for utility of passenger and cargo.

Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept Exterior

Expressive details of the Chrysler ecoVoyager concept include panoramic roof glass bisected by a center spine, tight body overhangs and a dramatic boat-tail back end. The sinuous shapes of the window graphics, headlamps, taillamps and grille openings are inspired by Chrysler's storied winged badge.

The curving trapezoidal shape of the ecoVoyager's grille is echoed by the clear lens-covered shadow box that houses the rear license plate. The sloping backlight features a similar shape, emphasizing the repeating harmony of the ecoVoyager's design elements.

Other exterior touches on the Chrysler ecoVoyager concept include the elongated, flaring "light catchers" on the lower doors and the front and rear fascias, enhanced by the Polar Ice exterior color.

Finally, side doors open a wide 90 degrees. Since the rear doors are hinged at the rear and there is no center B-pillar, entrance into the ecoVoyager is virtually unimpeded.

Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept Interior

By placing the front wheels of the Chrysler ecoVoyager concept farther forward than usual, designers were able to create greater interior roominess and increased legroom, especially in the rear seats.

In the ecoVoyager's spacious interior, the size, design and location of all controls have been rethought to provide its four pampered passengers the luxury of having every feature within effortless reach.

"In some ways, true luxury is in not having to reach or search around for controls," said Ty Stump, principal interior designer of the Chrysler ecoVoyager concept. "With the new ecoVoyager concept, we carefully placed the gauges and controls in order to reduce head and eye movement. We also achieved simplicity in the interior forms, both for visual elegance and to avoid distracting surfaces."

The ecoVoyager's windshield defroster and cabin air-conditioning outlets in the instrument panels and doors, for example, are invisible beneath a recessed perforated mesh. This avoids visually-disruptive array sliding vanes and protruding knobs. Even the color of the interior -- soft Dove Gray with warm cherry wood accents - is designed to promote a relaxed ambiance.

The Chrysler ecoVoyager's unconventional instrument panel features a broad, leather-covered angled surface, slightly V-shaped in plan view and fronted by a full-width display screen set just below the windshield. The left and right outer ends of this non-glare screen contain the side-view mirror image, while a third camera image in front of the driver serves as the rearview mirror.

Unlike most instrument clusters, only currently-needed information is displayed, designed to be viewed above the steering wheel rim rather than through it (and requiring less up-down eye movement and refocusing). The front-seat passenger can view a movie without its moving images disturbing the driver. A slick, slide-out/retractable center console – fitted with hot-key buttons and a mouse pad – replaces the functions contained in a conventional vertical center stack.

The ecoVoyager's four individual chairs are contoured for personalized comfort. The seat framing is exposed, with under-seat storage drawers. Front seats have individual cantilevered, adjustable armrests containing the window controls and heat/massage switches, while individual rear-seat armrests fold into the cabin back panel. With the ability to store six 20-ounce bottles, the floor console dividing the rear seats accommodates hot or cold beverages.

A recessed area in the headliner between the two longitudinal skylights contains the "Direct Sound" function. With this feature, the musical entertainment choice of each individual occupant can be directed to him or her without the use of headphones, and without disturbing others in the car.

Sleek, refined, efficient and superbly comfortable, the Chrysler ecoVoyager concept vehicle offers a new experience in stress-free travel.

Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept Specifications

Vehicle Type Range-extended Electric Vehicle (40-mile all-electric range with hydrogen fuel cell range extender)

Two-row seating, four-passenger

Weight and Dimensions
Weight/GVWR 2750 lbs./3500 lbs.
Length 191.2 inches/4856mm
Width at H-point 75.4 inches/1915mm
Height 63.0 inches/1600mm
Wheelbase 116.0 inches/2946mm
Couple 1-2 45.4 inches/1154mm
Front overhang 34.0 inches/864mm
Rear overhang 41.2 inhces/1046mm
Track front/rear 65.6 inches/1666mm
Approach angle 15.0 degrees
Departure angle 20.9 degrees
Turn circle 40 feet/12.2m
Maximum width 75.4 inches/1915mm

Powertrain and Suspension
Layout Front wheel drive

Motor Single electric
Power: 200 kW (268 hp)
Regenerative braking

Battery 16 kWh Li-ion battery pack

Range extender Hydrogen fuel cell, PEM 45kW
700bar (10,000psi) high pressure tanks

Suspension Front – MacPherson Strut
Rear – MacPherson Strut

Wheels and Tires
Tire size front/rear P235/45R22x8 30.3 inches/770mm
Tire manufacturer Goodyear

Color Scheme
Exterior Polar Ice Blue
Interior Dove Gray

Key Performance Attributes
0-60 mph 8.8 seconds
Standing ¼ mile 12.9 seconds
Top speed 115 mph
All-electric range 40 miles
Total range 300 miles


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      • 7 Years Ago
      "The Goodyear Blimps uses Hydrogen which hasn't had a catastrophe event in how many years?"

      Actually they use Helium.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think this is a fantastic looking people carrier, regardless of what's under the hood.

      Make this Chrylser, it's time do dig yourself out of a very deep hole.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My impression is that a body shape like this _looks_ aerodynamic, but actually creates a fair bit of lift and drag? This is why most performance cars that have a sloping back like this end up with a substantial spoiler.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok... so you have your family in a vehicle with these three things:

      Hydrogen gas (fuel cell fuel)

      high voltage

      Lithium-based batteries.

      Does this say fiery crash to anyone else?

      Hydrogen burns very easily, even without a major spark risk like high DC voltage. Not only that, but lithium batteries have a tendency to burn very agressively when ruptured and exposed to oxygen. (both hydrogen and lithium are column 1 of the periodic table, and highly reactive with oxygen, which would be combustion.)

      Maybe it will run fine. I wouldn't want to be within a hundred yards if it gets wrecked, and either the hydrogen or lithium batteries become exposed.

      I want to see a LOT of crash testing trials before I trust my family in a two-ton rolling incendiary device.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "I want to see a LOT of crash testing trials before I trust my family in a two-ton rolling incendiary device."

        Just what do you think they're rolling around in now?
        • 7 Years Ago
        This particular vehicle may be a ways off. But people are already talking about hydrogen fueled internal combustion, and electric hybrids with lithium batteries.

        There are how many car accidents a day in this country?

        Even when fuel is spilled, it doesn't automatically ignite without a major ignition source.

        DO NOT Try puncturing or short circuiting a Lithium battery. Or releasing hydrogen gas into an oxygenated atmosphere. You might not even need a spark for a fireball.

        Hydrogen usually burns pretty clear, anyway. what else will it start on fire before you even see the flames? Not only that but H2 is so small that it can leak past seals, or through porous materials. If enough of it leaks, it could easily cause a fire.

        Cars are already recalled for fuel line issues now. Pressurized hydrogen gas is much harder to contain than liquid petrochemical fuel. Materials, construction, and safety engineering are much more involved, and costly for hydrogen. Ask NASA about handling rocket fuel and 0-ring seals.

        Lithium fueled fires spread very quickly, and burn at or above 1500 degrees F. That flash ignites a lot of other material in the area, pretty darn quick. Lithium is efficient at storing energy, but it is also good at discharging it, even through combustion, if that is what is available to it.

        Even little RC cars and planes and toys come with warnings about over-discharging, over-charging, not balance charging, or puncturing lithium batteries. Toys and personal devices like cell phones and laptops are not subjected to the heat, cold, and impact that cars are potentially subject to, especially in an accident.

        People's houses have burned from lithium hobby batteries catching on fire, WITHOUT and external ignition source aside from being plugged into a charger, or having the outer casing damaged.

        I am skeptical about putting that sort of a battery in a location that is vulnerable to the destruction potential of a car accident. Cars are getting safer to survive in accidents, in terms of kinetic energy dissipation. Airbags and crumple-zones do no good if you are much more likely to be inside an inferno.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks like it's going backwards. Change the taillight lenses from red to white, move the steering wheel to the back seat, and maybe it'd look right.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Please stop with the Hindenburg references.

      1) Because it’s completely dated.
      2) The Goodyear Blimps uses Hydrogen which hasn't had a catastrophe event in how many years?

      This has been pointed out many times; yet again must be repeated. Fuel currently (Gas) used in vehicles is most volatile substance in cars today.

      Yet unless you drive a Pinto would you be endanger of an exploding from a tap on the bumper or a fender bender at the local Safeway. All fuel tanks are either well protected or insulated or isolated for any danger areas in the vehicle. So let come-up with a better reason why we don't have a better hydrogen infrastructure. Like no will from politician to stand up to big oil. Or companies like to promise this but will never deliver such a system.

      I.e.: like flying cars or atomic cars or jet turbine cars.

      All Pie in the sky.
      • 7 Years Ago
      GM much?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The grille / front fascia is reminiscent of a Cadillac....anyone else thinks so?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Very reminiscent.
      • 7 Years Ago
      8.8 0-60 but a 12.9 1/4 mile???? Urrrrmmmm....What?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Low torque, high HP is what I'd say.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You might say "low torque high hp", but electric motors are by nature extremely torquey. Maximum torque is delivered at 0 RPM. You've never heard an engine's power curve described as "electric motor torque delivery"?

        The numbers don't jive, IMHO.
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