Chrysler Introduces New 200C EV Concept, New Jeep EV Concept and Update on Three Earlier EV Concepts; Production to Begin in 2010
|The Chrysler 200C EV. Click to enlarge.|
Chrysler unveiled the 200C EV Concept, the newest Chrysler ENVI electric-drive vehicle, at the North American International Auto Show. The 200C EV, based on a shortened version of Chrysler’s rear-wheel-drive platform, features a range-extended electric drive system that delivers up to 40 all-electric miles, with a total range of up to 400 miles.
In September 2008, Chrysler and its ENVI electric-drive organization (earlier post) had unveiled three production intent electric-drive prototypes: a battery electric Dodge EV sportscar; a plug-in hybrid (extended range electric vehicle) Jeep; and a range-extended Chrysler minivan. (Earlier post.) In addition to the new 200C EV concept shown at Detroit, Chrysler unveiled updated versions of the original three, along with the Patriot EV, a range-extended version of the Patriot.
|The powertrain in the 200C EV. Click to enlarge.|
Chrysler said that it will produce at least one of these vehicles for North American markets in 2010 (and for European markets after 2010), with at least three more models to follow by 2013. Between the ENVI electric-drive vehicles and its GEM (Global Electric Motorcars) neighborhood electric vehicles, Chrysler expects to have 500,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2013. GEM has produced 40,000 electric vehicles over the past ten years.
Chrysler’s ENVI Electric Vehicles utilize three primary components: the electric traction motor; a Li-ion battery system; and a controller that manages energy flow. The Range-extended Electric Vehicle combines the electric-drive components of the ENVI Electric Vehicle with a small gasoline engine and integrated electric generator to produce additional energy to power the electric-drive system when needed.
200C EV. The rear-wheel drive motor in the 200C EV delivers 200 kW (268 hp) of peak power. The range extending generator uses a SULEV gasoline engine and delivers 55 kW (74 hp) of continuous electric power. The 200C EV accelerates from 0-60 mph in approximately 7 seconds, and turns in a standing ¼-mile in the mid-14 seconds. Top speed is greater than 120 mph (approximately 193 kph).
Jeep Patriot EV. The range-extended Jeep Patriot EV also offers 40 all-electric miles, and a total range of up to 400 miles. The front-wheel drive Patriot EV uses a 150 kW (200 hp) traction motor, with a SULEV gasoline engine and electric generator delivering 45 kW (60 hp) of continuous electric power. Acceleration from 0-60 mph takes approximately 8 seconds, and top speed is greater than 100 mph.
Dodge Circuit EV. The update of the battery-electric sports car concept, the Dodge Circuit EV, features a 200 kW (268 hp) rear-wheel drive traction motor. The car accelerates from 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds, and delivers a standing ¼-mile in the low 13 seconds. Range for the vehicle is 150-200 miles.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EV. The Wrangler EV is another range-extended electric vehicle, equipped with a 200 kW (268 hp) electric motor that develops 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. It has a range of 400 miles, including 40 all-electric miles.
Chrysler Town & Country EV. Chrysler’s electric drive minivan is another application of the range-extended powertrain, with a 200 kW (268 hp) motor producing 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. It is also designed for a 400-mile total range, with 40 miles of all-electric driving.