Looks like Chrysler is still a day late and at least $7 billion short. While the company announced yesterday that it would shut down its plants for a month, the news is out today that the smallest of the Big Three will try to put its best face forward and bring an electric Jeep Patriot (with range extender, like the Renegade) to the Detroit Auto Show next month. How do we know this? Because Chrysler doesn't like the blogs.
After trying to keep a lid on its upcoming auto show debuts by not inviting bloggers to the preview backgrounders, Jalopnik was able to squeeze some not-too-inspiring information out somehow - and then promptly put the information on the web. We don't know too many details about the Jeep Patriot EV, but we do know it has a claimed range of 40 miles on battery post. The Patriot EV is the fourth vehicle from Chrysler's ENVI unit, following the Dodge EV and the EVs based on the Town and Country Van and the Jeep Wrangler. The standard 2009 Jeep Patriot gets 28 mpg hwy, 23 mpg city and starts at around $15,683 on the market. The Jeep Patriot EV will cost, well, we'll just wait until it's more than vaporware to start thinking about that.