• Dec 8, 2008
Now that Chrysler has heard that it's likely to get an extra shot of green from the Feds, development of its green Dodge EV can continue on as planned. Fortunately for us, spy shooters have managed to snag some shots of the new electric sports car out testing late at night. Although the ISO has been boosted through the roof in an effort to capture the cars in the dark sans head lamps, we can clearly see that Chrysler's been busy adding Dodge-specific styling elements to the Lotus Europa bodyshell that was used for the EV concept. The front-end of the car now looks like it rolled out of the Pentastar styling studios with the corporate crosshair grille present and accounted for, which makes the EV look more like the Demon concept from Geneva in '07. With the help of Lotus, which is donating its engineering expertise to Chrysler's project, and UQM Technologies, which is supplying the electric powertrain, Chrysler may actually be able to shock the world by bringing an electric sportscar to market in 2010.
[Source: Left Lane News]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Most will think I'm crazy, but I'd rather see the Town & Country EV or Wrangler EV first. They're far more practical, and the costs won't be outrageous.

      Or launch all three at the same time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        again, this EV is a mule. from its advances will come other cars. lots of people are saying that they dont like this lotus proto from dodge, but once dodge has their tech down, it can convert to a wide range of applications. by starting off with a more expensive roadster, they will be able to market the initially expensive tech and get it on the streets.

        i am also doing an EV conversion on a '02 neon. this winter. i can for sure say that it would not be easy to make a production worthy EV.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The cost WOULD be outrageous, it's not because these cars are sports cars that they cost so much, it's because battery technology is so expensive that car makers build electric sports cars - preventing them from eating tens of thousands on each car sold. You won't get your van or jeep until cars like this sell and economy of scale brings battery and associated tech down in price.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I am with you. I want the T&C Limited EV in my garage. I am about to replace a leased minivan, and would buy/lease one of these in a heartbeat. I am looking at the T&C anyway, but would welcome the EV. The size of the vehicle would make more sense for battery packs. The weight is low(ish) and the space is there to add quite a bit of room for batteries. I know the weight would go way up, but it makes more sense to do this rather than add batteries to an SUV (ie Aspen).

        C'mon Chrysler, I am opening my wallet and waving cash here...don't you want it?!?
      • 6 Years Ago
      is it me or does the profile shot have an uncanny resemblance to the current mitsubishi eclipse
      • 6 Years Ago
      With sales as low as they've been, you'd think Chrysler might rethink their styling direction (that putting a truck grill on everything they make might not be a good idea.) Yet here they go again, proving that they are determined to fail at every car they produce.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Chrysler 300, Charger, PT cruiser and Pacifica are by no means failures.

        Chrysler's real problem is, when they do have a hit, they don't restyle or improve it after its been on the market 4 years - like the Japanese do.

        The 300 when it hit in 2004 was an instant classic and must-have. Unfortunately as the years went on, people stopped caring for the plastic/polyeurethane interior. Rather than making it better in the 08 year, they just tossed on some cheap ebay stick-ons.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "I want the T&C Limited EV in my garage. I am about to replace a leased minivan, and would buy/lease one of these in a heartbeat." - bananas

      Would you pay $50,000 minimum for it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree with bananas. I would rather see the T&C EV than this, it makes more sense and it would solidify Chrysler's lead in the minivan segment.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here is a case of should have left well enough alone, now they are going to much up the design in typical big 3 fashion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dodge is not dead yet....


      Only car i care for from them is the viper....nothing else they make really contributes or is a best seller in its class....
      • 6 Years Ago
      The difference is the T&C and Wranglers are hybrid cars, while this is a PEV.

      I will be all over this as a fun commuter car if they can bring it to market for a reasonable cost. Then I can save my truck for when I need it to haul stuff.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about desel powered cars like Chrysler sells in Europe. Oh wait, the US government won't allow them to be sold here. They 30-40 miles to the gallon, even Jeeps. Our balls are in the vice grips of the environmentalists.
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