• Oct 12, 2009
Dodge Circuit EV – Click above for high-res image gallery

In a little more than three weeks, Sergio Marchionne will reveal his 5-year plan for Chrysler. According to information revealed by a Fiat exec and Chrysler board member Alfredo Altavilla last week, at least one electric car will be part of it. While visiting a gearbox factory in Italy, Altavilla confirmed that the presumed-dead electric car program is in progress and being worked on by Chrysler and Fiat. He gave no further comment on the matter.

Chrysler, through its ENVI in-house electric propulsion division, currently has four electric vehicles: the Dodge Circuit EV (shown), Jeep Patriot EV, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EV, and Chrysler Town & Country EV. The ENVI site claims that you'll be able to own at least one electric model by 2010, and there will be "at least three more models available by 2013." Those claims could be outdated, however; we'll have to wait until November 4 to get clarity on the future. But if there's an electric Fiat 500 in there, well, let's just say we won't be disappointed...



[Source: Wall Street Journal]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Has a lot of similarities visually to a lotus elise/exige. I don't think in a good way either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car pictured was commissioned for Chrysler's little hail mary to get bailed out by the government when they clearly deserved to simply die. It worked, this car will never be built.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "All I see is a Lotus with stickers..." Typical snide remark. All thaat Tesla has is a Lotus-Tesla with 1300 Energizer Bunnny batteries wired together. Or didn't you know that, son? Sophisticated? NOT!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Tesla is a complete redesign done by Tesla and Lotus together and using Lotus to build the chassis. It uses a custom designed Tesla drive train (they actually build their own motors and write the control software) and it is a Tesla battery pack design.

        The Circuit is just a Europa EV conversion. A conversion that wasn't even done by Chrysler.

        The Circuit always had a near ZERO chance of getting built and if it did, it would be in the same price area as the Tesla.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kudos and compliments to Fiat for working so closely with Chrysler. As more information starts to become available this alliance seems more promising than ever. Given enough time Chrysler may indeed reinvent itself. I surely hope so.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, in just a few months FIAT has done more co-operating with Chrysler than Dumbler did in all the years they owned them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      damn this looks like Lotus Europa
      what a cheap clone
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why wouldn't they be partnering on R&D? Isn't that the whole point of this merger/acquisition?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The dodge circuit has so much potential they should throw in the SRT-4 in there n call it a day this brand/company needs somethig excitig all those commercials about "see what we're building for you"

      well we wanna see!!!

      • 5 Years Ago
      Still, all I see is a Lotus with stickers
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dodge Circuit... Chevy Volt ... Talk about cliches'
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would certainly like to see the Dodge Circuit give the over priced Tesla a run for it's money...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ever since the Tesla started shipping, this car has become a "me-too".
      If they don't want to be laughed at for trying to sell a small 2 seat sporty electric, they had better design their own chassis. That Dodge Demon concept from a few years ago would be a MUCH better design.
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