Gallery: TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Chrysler Reveals the Dodge EV


Recently Chrysler revealed a lean green supercar that can hit 0-60mph in five seconds flat! The Dodge EV features an emission-free 200 kW electric motor and has a driving range of 150-200 miles, leaving GM’s Chevy Volt in the dust. The sleek all-electric vehicle is not intended to compete with consumer-oriented cars – it has its sights set on the Tesla Roadster!

The Dodge EV was revealed as part of Chrysler’s ENVI program, whose purpose is to develop clean, economical fuel-efficient vehicles. Just like with the Tesla, Chrysler enlisted Lotus to assist in developing their mean road machine.

The two passenger vehicle is powered by an electric rear wheel drive, and can generate around 270 horse power to take you from 0-60mph in about 5 seconds. The Dodge EV‘s top speed is 120 mph, and a single charge will take you for around 150 to 200 miles while in the city. To charge the car, one simply needs to plug the vehicle to any electrical outlet.

Chrysler also revealed a number of aditional entries in their green lineup: A Jeep hybrid, a Town and Country Range Extended EV and the tiny GEM peapod.

+ Chrysler ENVI



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  1. Tylerdurden June 30, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    So it would be cheaper to come up with a brand new platform than to work together with a company known for its ability to use high-tech, lightweight (read efficient) materials? Hmmm…that’s “different” thinking. Especially since anyone who has ever taken Economics 101 has heard of a concept known as “economies of scale” where fixed costs are spread out over more units, thereby reducing total costs…

    Anyway, enough about people who think the Prius is attractive car, (get over yourselves, you know its absolutely, horrifically ugly) this thing is (like the Tesla) the best way I can imagine hybrids/electrics to break into the mainstream. I don’t want to be the recycled cup, Starbucks drinking yuppie feeling good about myself by drinking “sustainable” rain forest coffee from an ungoverned, third world country while driving my feel-good, retarded looking Prius from another country. I would much rather be the guy that is driving around with flags waving, cruising down the freeway at proper freeway speeds while looking cool doing it.

    Props to Chrysler for their willingness to swallow their pride and work with the Brits on this good looking, affordble ride.

  2. Vincent Phangeaux March 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    I’m not impressed at all, it’s ridiculous. This is simply the same old expensive high performance gas-guzzler design with a snap-in electric conversion. Any 15 year old kid could have come up with this concept. They need to completely abandon and erase the old ‘has been’ high performance/luxury car gas-guzzler image and mind-set and start completely from scratch to properly design electric vehicles of any type.
    But, is this even possible given the existing automobile manufacturing infrastructure? That’s a big question and I think the answer will prove to be “No”.

    This reminds me of a previous automotive industry failure- the conversion of gasoline engines into diesel engines in the 1970’s

    In the 1800s this would be like designing an airplane using the body of a stage coach – just add a motor and wings and call it an airplane. Apparently they are stuck in the old high-performance or luxury car gas-guzzler mind-set and I think the whole automobile manufacturing infrastructure is stuck there as well.

    Do they presume that a majority of the American public are stupid enough to think that a snap-in electric power conversion is innovation? Are they are too cheap to pay good engineers to design anything more than magazine propaganda suitable for 15 year old kids? Or, is the existing auto manufacturing infrastructure obsolete and on it’s way to extinction?

    I think that the problem is not convincing the general public but rather one problem is the age old gas-guzzler mind-set of the manufacturer’s executives and design engineers. Perhaps they should offer early retirements or other incentives/methods to clean house and get some young and brilliant minds in there to re-shape the industry but is that even possible?.

    The other problem may be that the whole American automotive manufacturing infrastructure is obsolete and doomed to failure anyway. It happened with the US steel industry which collapsed after corporate executives/boards of directors chose short term profits over long term sustainability and elected not to spend the money to convert to the much more efficient air-reduction process for making steel.
    Numerous other countries built air-reduction steel mills and as a result the whole US steel industry became inferior and collapsed.

    Hmmm. The death of the existing American automotive manufacturing industry is probably inevitable and probably a very good thing, opening the marketplace for new companies and an entirely new automobile manufacturing infrastructure with new technologies, new materials, new manufacturing methods, etc. However, I personally think that for many reasons the USA cannot be competitive in this arena and the best products will be made outside of the USA.

    Another bigger and more important problem is that after nearly a century of the gas guzzling mentality there is a huge lack of sufficient mass transit systems. Designing electric sports cars is frivolous in view of that problem. The USA serves a good lesson for developing countries on what not to do.

  3. Dallas Ward October 1, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    To Steve N. Lee:

    It’s greener than any comparable sports car. So…how is that a joke? I don’t see people abandoning sports cars, SUVs, or anything other type of vehicle anytime soon. I know it doesn’t fit with some peoples’ view that green means no more than needed, but it’s not how most people think. To me, this is taking something exotic, and using it for an ultimately pragmatic purpose. This is the type of electric vehicle that is going to sell the general public on going electric. Most Americans don’t want 5 door hatchbacks roughly the size of a Civic.

    Using the Lotus platform also mainstreams the use of lightweight materials and construction techniques for auto manufacturing. This is as good for the family sedan as it is for an ultra-exotic sports car.

    As for the speed limit thing, the US is not the only market where Chrysler’s brands are sold. I could see this being very popular in Germany, where several stretches of Autobahn are still unregulated.

  4. chd1977 October 1, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Great effort Chrysler rather than TESLA it is about keeping the price down.Platform sharing is the best way.that is why chrysler will out sell tesla there is a big diffrence between 100 cars a year and 50,000 cars a year.Its about appealing to the market as a whole not just three people who do not have a clue or just dont get the auto industry .

  5. chd1977 October 1, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Steve n Lee, Who died and made you eco king i agree going green is excellent but who said it had to be boring.It is great chrysler is thinking outside the box in there sports car line. Do your research and look at the SRT line up thEY all havea gas guzzler tax ,now they have somthing to offer that no other mainstream auto makers are.Dont get jealous when this lil dodge blows the doors off that prius you drive!!!!!!! WAY TO CHRYSLER, MORE AUTOMAKERS NEED TO THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX! P.S STEVE ALL YOUR CURRENT CARS RUN FASTER THAN THE SPEED LIMIT BUT IT IS UP TO THE MAN OR WOMAN DRIVING THAT CAR TO GO FASTER THAN THAT IF THEY WISH TO DO SO IT’S THERE TICKET IF THEY GET CAUGHT.LOOSEN UP GUY!

  6. tgroth October 1, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    3304hi is spot on. The only body modification Chrysler made to the Lotus Europa was slap on a dodge emblem in the place of the Lotus badge. At least Tesla changed some body panels on their Lotus based product!

    Now Chrysler will use this car to try to convince leaders in Washington DC to help them keep afloat. Nothing more than an elaborate branding effort.

  7. 3304hl October 1, 2008 at 9:48 am

    ” Just like with the Tesla, Chrysler enlisted Lotus to assist in developing their mean road machine”

    I guess so; this car IS a Lotus Europa with an electric power package. They haven’t even made changes to the bodywork.

    talk about a lame effort.

  8. Steve N. Lee October 1, 2008 at 2:51 am

    See, I don’t get this.

    A range of 200 miles is fantastic.

    But since when was it vital that environmentally concerned people be able to accelerate from 0-60mph in 5 seconds?

    Why would they need to travel at 120mph – that’s 45-55mph over the speed limit!

    If this is a truly green vehicle then why has so much been spent on research to make it travel as speeds you can’t use and acceleration you’ll never need? Why has that expensive and wasteful technology then been realised and incorporated in the car, pushing up it’s purchase price and wasting resources in producing features you’ll never use?

    This isn’t a green option, it’s a joke. A pretty joke, yes, with some formidable performance statistics, but a joke nonetheless!

    Sorry Chrysler, but this is an excellent example of green design gone bad.

    Steve N. Lee
    author of eco-blog
    and suspense thriller ‘What if…?’

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