• Nov 16, 2008
Click above for hi-res gallery of the Dodge EV in the wild

While a lot of the legwork was done for them by Lotus, we still have to give Chrysler a little credit for getting an electric vehicle prototype on the road so quickly. When we first saw the Dodge EV a couple of months ago, it looked like it was ready to roll, with a Tesla-like blend of Lotus platform and electric powerpack. Soon after we heard that the car was likely to make it to production, with a delivery date that would challenge the Chevrolet Volt. While it had appeared that Chrysler was way behind its domestic rivals in developing an electric car, we know that through their GEM subsidiary, Chrysler has actually accumulated a lot of EV expertise and become the nation's leading electric car seller in the process.

The Dodge EV is essentially a Lotus Europa, but uses lithium batteries and a 268 hp electric motor in place of the standard 2.0L four cylinder engine and transmission. It promises a range of 150-200 miles and a 0-60 time of under 5 seconds. It's a full-blown, plug-in EV, just like the Tesla Roadster, and should require a 4-hour recharge from a 220V outlet or 8 hours on a 110. To help launch Chrysler's new ENVI electric car division, the Dodge EV has been traveling the show circuit, but today we spotted it at one of our favorite local cruise-ins.

It attracted quite a crowd. Not surprisingly, many folks at the show mistook it for a Lotus until they saw the Dodge badges. Even then a lot of people figured it was some type of joint venture between the two firms. Most were amazed to learn the car might be in Dodge showrooms by 2010. Try as we might we couldn't wrestle the keys from the Chrysler reps. Hopefully the car and the company make it through our current economic crisis so we can sample one when they hit the streets.


Photos copyright ©2008 Frank Filipponio/Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      GM should do a version of the Corvette like this.
      • 6 Years Ago


      Chances Chrysler will build/sell this ?

      ZERO !

      By the way, Dodge should have built the Razor years ago.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why does it have to look so much like a Viper?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks great, keep in mind they outsource for this type of vehicle and hype it up like they have something innovative. Chrysler needs this vehicle and this type of technology asap !
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. As happy as I am to see the "lowly" Lotus Europa getting some good exposure I'm a bit sad that it's being represented as a Dodge and that people won't really understand that. Americans at least.

        Chrysler/GM/Ford all need to really study (not outsourcing the majority) the designs and innovations of already successful or up and coming brands to help them better innovate.
        • 6 Years Ago
        where is the crosshair grille>
        ohhhh, that's right. Its a Lotus with batteries.

        ad Luis is wrong, this does not have more range than a Volt. It can go further on a charge but the Volt's hybrid model gives it a much further range beofre it needs a charge and refill.

        But a 200-mile charge is good for everything but long-distance trips. just have to move the price down
      • 6 Years Ago
      The car looks nice. I can only imagine what the sticker price will be. This has to be more expensive than the Volt.

      If Dodge could turn the Demon concept into a hybrid, they'd have something there too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        More expensive than a Tesla roadster. Not that it'll ever be sold.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The new Europa has a curious resemblance to the Dodge Stealth and Avenger coupes, in the headlights, taillights and roofline.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't believe Dodge was too cheap to even slap their crosshair front clip on there. Anyway, I didn't think that the Europa met US crash standards.
      • 6 Years Ago
      lame, every time i miss cars and coffee something awesome or unique is there - every time i go it's the same 3 vectors. rrrr.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Come on Dodge. Rebound from your financial woes so I can buy one of these.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great job Dodge. I'm impressed, but tbh, i always found the europa ugly.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I like the Europa but that paint job is balls!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Recharges take 4x as long on 110 as 220x, not 2x.

      This is because 220 is at 30A or greater (the Tesla requires 40A IIRC) and 110V is at 15A.
      • 6 Years Ago
      seriously, how is this not exactly what the tesla is, oh wait, it is. could dodge really not come up with something even a little bit different? truth is now that i think more about it, there really isnt another equivalent they could do if they wanted a sporty EV without creating a new car/platform, Lotus is really the only totally independent company with sporty light frames that are produced at a relatively high level. it sucks that it is that way, and dodge still shouldnt have put something out so grossly similar to the tesla, it just makes them look behind (which works because they are- zing!)
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