Chrysler plans electric car production model
Will 300-mile range model prove popular with sellers?
'Leccy Tech Chrysler look set to follow General Motors and put its own electric car into production in 2010 based on the four-door ecoVoyager concept it showed off earlier this year.
At the time, Chrysler claimed the entirely electric ecoVoyager will have a range of 300 miles. Put that in your Volt and smoke it, GM.
To be fair to GM, its Chevy Volt, which can travel 40 miles on a battery charge, was this week being touted as a model that's ready for production, whereas Chrysler has simply talking concepts so far.
Chrysler's ecoVoyager: production design imminent?
It's thinking is expressed in the four-seater ecoVoyager, which, like the Volt, has an entirely electric powertrain. The battery will be a lithium-ion job, but Chrysler also has the notion it'll fit a hydrogen fuel cell too, to pick up the work when the battery's flat, and it's that that allows it to claim a 300 mile range.
This model, along with two others, will be hawked around US dealers over the next month or so, AutoExpress magazine claims. They get to chose which model will be put into production in the 2010-2012 timeframe.
One of the models, the paper says, drops the ecoVoyager's fuel cell in favour of a petrol-powered generator that kicks in to feed the electric engine with volts when the battery drops below a certain point. This is the same approach taken by the Volt.
Chrysler ecoVoyager Photo Gallery
** People want other to know they drive a hybrid. **
Only people who value appearance over other more common-sense things (I'm talking about all you SUV/Hummer people...) would buy an hybrid or an electric car for those reasons.
I like to think most people buy hybrid or electric cars because they want to avoid petrol and its consequences (related to petrol used for fuel...). Unfortunately, many people don't get it.
Electic and looking crap go hand in hand
Why is it that car manufacturers have to make their electric and / or hybrid cars look so stupid? (Toyota Prius, Honda Insight etc)
Only Lexus seems to be able to comprehend that people might want to choose a car .... and be able to have the exact same car with either a standard combustion engine or a hybric.
So why currently if you want a hybrid car, you have to look like an idiot driving around in a car that looks like it was designed by a 5 year old for transporting disabled animals. Oh I know why.... because if you buy hybrid/electric then you are an idiot because they are a false economy
I think the passenger has been photoshopped into the car. It's on a rotating display, and they usually don't let models sit in the cars on show like that. Plus, she is obviously an adult, but as commented on, otherwise ridiculously small. So, photoshop.
I don't mind the shape - kinda moon-buggyish - except for the rear, which is butt ugly.