Gallery: TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Chrysler 200C EV Revealed


It is not often that surprises happen in the age of the Internet, but somehow Chrysler managed to keep a brand new electric vehicle under the radar until yesterday! During their presentation of upcoming electric vehicles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Chrysler revealed the 200C EV – a stunning new extended-range concept car that will stand in direct competition against the Chevy Volt.

There’s no better time and place to salivate over cool looking cars and beautiful concepts than the North American International Auto Show, and this year has proven to be no exception. Everyone expected Chrysler to show their already revealed range of EV’s such as the Town & Country, Jeep Wrangler and the Dodge Circuit EV previously shown here at Inhabitat, but no one expected the unheralded release of a new vehicle.

The 200C EV is an extended-range vehicle powered by an electric motor assisted by a small gasoline engine. The vehicle can drive for 40 miles on the electric motor alone, and over 400 miles when assisted by the gas motor. The styling is based on the 300C, but it was modified slightly to reduce wind resistance and improve efficiency. Inside, the car features a multimedia touch screen instead of the usual array of buttons. It also comes with a tablet pc for the passenger, will be networked to other vehicles, and will allow parents to set limits to their kids’ driving range.

The 200C EV is not likely to go into production soon, as it is still a fairly new concept, but it does show Chrysler’s commitment to push for more efficient good-looking vehicles. According to Chrysler, they expect to have around 500,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2013.

This year’s North American International Auto Show was expected to be a low-key affair, with the industry facing their most difficult year in decades. It is in fact unlikely that the show will be the same in years to come. But for now, it is good to know that the industry has realized that their next generation vehicles must be as green as they can be.

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Via New York Times


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  1. thewhale January 16, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Build it with the new cheap half the weight of steel carbon panels. They cost the same as steel and weigh half as much. They are 5 time stronger then steel. Half the weight means DOUBLE the Milage. Instead of trying to get even with everyone why don’t you guys try promoting something USEFUL Like AUTOS made from the carbon panels. YOU could double the gas milage of the American fleet in 5 years.

  2. whaletwin1 January 14, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    I’m curious to see the prices on these cars. I am holding out on our next car purchase until we can buy an EV. My husband won’t greenlight buying a Volt, and I am not ready to invest $100,000 plus for the Tesla!

  3. 3304hl January 14, 2009 at 9:43 am

    too bad Chrysler won’t be around to build it…

  4. Milieunet January 14, 2009 at 1:50 am

    yep, concept-cars are no sulution at all. Agree with Andrew: Barack Obama and his Green Dream Team should force Chrysler and other car-indstry to produce zero-emission cars. Just like the Cinese with BYD, Japanese with Toyota, Honda and others.

  5. andrew_h January 13, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    The US government should force Chrysler to put this car out next year, as a bit of ‘payback’ for the huge loan they just received.

    I’d buy one, and I can’t stand American made cars.

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