Chrysler, LLC has formed a new organization—ENVI—responsible for bringing electric-drive vehicles and related advanced-propulsion technologies to market. Lou Rhodes has been appointed President of ENVI.
Rhodes will report to Frank Klegon, Executive Vice President – Product Development, Chrysler and Simon Boag, Executive Vice President – Procurement and Supply, who will serve as co-chairs of ENVI.
With a focus on creating energy-efficient vehicles, ENVI will be located within the Chrysler Technology Center (CTC) in Auburn Hills, and will consist of a team of specialists in engineering, portfolio management, modular architecture, manufacturing, and procurement and supply.
The creation of ENVI allows us to focus on the development of a new generation of environmentally responsible Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles. Under Lou’s leadership, ENVI will develop electric-propulsion vehicles that will provide customers with more fuel-efficient vehicle options.—Robert L. Nardelli, Chrysler Chairman and CEO
Prior to being named President of ENVI, Rhodes served as Director – Advance Vehicle Concepts and Innovation, leading Chrysler’s strategic program verification process in the early stages of development, architecture and platform strategy. Rhodes’ prior background includes numerous assignments in Chrysler’s Advance Vehicle Engineering organization and Product Design Office. He joined the company in 1993.