It looks like the Dodge Circuit EV may have won the "who wants to be the first electric Chrysler concept to go into production" contest. Although they still haven't officially made an announcement, Chrysler's viability plan did list an "EV Roadster" as part of their 2010 product line. Based on the lightweight Lotus Europa and using drivetrain parts pilfered from UQM, the concept drew some fairly positive responses when it took on the new Dodge Challenger in an impromptu drag race and later, when it got its crosshair makeover. Its 150 to 200 mile range is significantly higher than many other electric vehicles in the works and should add to its appeal.
While the market may be smaller for a sub-5 second 0-to-60 sportscar than say, the family-sized range-extended 200C EV concept, development costs are substantially less and, while it will still lose the money, it won't lose as much as their other electric concepts. It also gives them a niche the other major automakers won't be able to compete in for some time and a way to meet stricter Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. Since the Circuit will probably change somewhat as it makes the transition to a production vehicle, tell us in the comments section what you would like to see in the sales-floor version.
[Source: CNN Money]