• May 11, 2009
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A few weeks ago, we had the chance to step into the Dodge Circuit for a quick spin around downtown Detroit. During the course of the drive, we shot some video of our time with Chrysler's EV while getting the run-through on the Circuit's technology from John Myers, the EV's project lead and ENVI employee. The bumpy roads weren't quite long and straight enough for our liking, but we did get the chance to learn a bit more about Chrysler's EV strategy and why the automaker thinks its ENVI battery program is better than Tesla's. Hit the jump to watch the video.






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      • 5 Years Ago
      whatever happened to the Dodge Demon?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Who cares, it was FWD. :-X
        • 5 Years Ago
        people who live where it snows?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Demon was RWD
        • 5 Years Ago
        something about the economy, and people not buying cars... i dunno.

        building a small 2 seat sports car did wonders for pontiac and saturn.

        do you see where i'm going with this?

        as cool as it is/was, not building the demon was a good thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The demon was awesome. Take this chassis and slip it under a demon shell, and you have a winner inside and out. This looks ok, but not nearly as fresh as the demon. I do respect Chrysler's effort for this car though. sounds like a real hoot to drive. and remind me to never say that again...
      • 5 Years Ago
      they sound so cool :) i love the noise of the electric motor spinning up
        • 5 Years Ago
        The technology is great...gotta love the instant torque of an electic motor, but aesthetically, nothing will ever replace the sound of a good old internal combustion engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dodge should forget the batteries and drop a 2 litre direct injected motor into this. and a turbo model won't go astry...then again with the economies of the world as they are...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's certainly much nicer looking than the Tesla in my opinion.

      The ENVI might be interesting in a few Chrysler products, actually.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think if someone picks up the Saturn line it could be a great thing and provide some new product for the public that would be welcome. It seams like its possible for a manufacturer to produce less than 100,000 units a year and be profitable. Look at Porsche. I know it's a premium brand but if you believe the noise from all of the alternate manufactures like Tesla that say they can make it on 20k to 50k units.

      It stands to reason that with a network already in place and product available to sell right now that Saturn would be a good target for a sharp operator like Penske. Detroit has tried to produce a small two seater with little success Re: Fiero. The monster V8's are a different thing Corvette, Viper specifically. I believe that GM say the Corvette is going to stay because it makes money and I think Chrysler is trying to get rid of the Viper. So, Saturn with a Viper halo car. Through in a Dodge Circut and you have a viable car company for cheap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Liberals don't buy that many cars and they sure don't buy sporty ones!"

      That's pretty funny. Let's see. Among the liberals I know personally there's a Carrera 4S, an A3, a Cayman, an S2000, a Z4, a TT, a 325i and an S-Type R. And I live in the midwest, not on either coast.

      Still, I'm sure you're right. There aren't even that many cars in states Obama carried by huge margins, places like New York, California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Nope, not many at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I sincerely hope they pull it off.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. Ever seen a lotus elise? Here's one now, slower, with crosshairs.
      If the shot at 50 seconds was any more like it I would smash it with a sledgehammer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great technology showcase. Hopefully it does see the light of day if only to help bring the cost of this tech down to the bread'n butter level for minivan's and smaller CUVs/SUVs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new generation Viper?
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      The interoir looks SOOO cheap....Its like a curse that all american autos have...even down to the concepts.....gesh

        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        yup, everyone's got it, it's a lotus, and jDM's just up to his typical form.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        ....and why cant i be serious?

        I mean look at the speedometer....ugh could have least been creative. It only gets worse as the camera shows the rest of the cabin.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        JDM, I think he's referring to the fact that this is a Lotus interior (i.e. not Dodge, or even American). Google image search "Lotus Europa interior."

        The Circuit is a mildly restyled Europa retrofitted with Chrysler's prototype electric drive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        You know, your comment MIGHT have some merit if it was actually an American design... or an American car.

        You people DO realize this car is nothing more than a Lotus Europa S with a crosshair grille and an electric powertrain... right?!

        http://cdn-www.rsportscars.com/images/lotus/2007-lotus-europa-s/europa06_011600.jpg

        http://cdn-www.rsportscars.com/images/lotus/2007-lotus-europa-s/europa06_041600.jpg

        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        It's a PROOF OF CONCEPT

        A rolling laboratory, a test case, name it whatever you want...

        Have you seen the interior on an elise? They're ultra minimalistic. Elises are performance cars, the idea is that if you can read your spead and revs somewhere, it's all you need...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Yeah, because Lotus is known for making such horrible interiors *rollseyes*
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        lol JDM gets shamed every time he posts, I love it, free entertainment
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad they won't make this.
      Too bad GM and Chrysler won't even be around in 12 months.

      RIP Detroit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Obama gets a free ride from the media regardless of how well he does his job.
        • 5 Years Ago
        notYou:

        Whoa, are you guilty of spin...

        1. Al Gore was constantly portrayed as an elitist liar (lockbox, internet, Love Story) and yer buddy W was a down-home fella you could drink a beer with.
        2. The news covered the stolen election, because it was. Every respectable paper's editorial board, in Florida, has since given the 2000 vote to Gore.
        3. The papers/teevee media all bent over and took it firm for years while Bush and Cheney screwed this country dry.
        4. Bush spent the entire summer of 2001 in Crawford and the teevee talking heads fawned over our macho-guy-with-brush-whacker-in-Chief on his, uh, ranch...all while a few crazies from BFE were plotting...

        Nice...keep defending the worst prez in History...it's very amusing!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Obama's still in the honeymoon period. It's not like the media was vicious toward Bush in his first ~100 days.
        • 5 Years Ago
        man. enough of that mess.
        • 5 Years Ago
        NotYou - Who is it spinning? Perchance you with the following falsehood:

        "2. The news covered the stolen election, because it was. Every respectable paper's editorial board, in Florida, has since given the 2000 vote to Gore."

        Would you call these outlets "respectable? Associated Press, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, St. Petersburg Times, Palm Beach Post, Washington Post and the Tribune Co.

        They ALL found via separate recounts Bush won. http://www.factcheck.org/askfactcheck/when_the_votes_were_recounted_in_florida.html

        Please tell me your auditioning for a place on Last Comic Standing and don't really believe the tripe you posted.

        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        LMAO.


        smh...
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is no longer a car blog, people.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Gus: "Obama's still in the honeymoon period. It's not like the media was vicious toward Bush in his first ~100 days."

        Please, you must have forgotten who "stole" the election (2000), right? He was "selected,not elected", right?

        And while the balance of the media may not have been vicious to Bush in his first 100 days, he didn't get a 2 year run-up honeymoon with a swooning press during the campaign and transition period, either. No "tingles up the leg" for GW. No adoring Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stoned, NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR coverage. Instead, that was all for the Obama of the day, Gore.

        But thanks for trying to spin history for the rest of us.

        • 5 Years Ago
        They can not die, Obama invested so much politically, if they fail Republicans will devour him. With so much invested he will do everything to make sure they survive.
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