Chrysler turns on Circuit at Detroit Motor Show
Shows 200C tourer too
'Leccy Tech Chrysler seems determined to forge ahead with plans for an electric fleet if its presentations at the Detroit Motor Show are anything to go by.
First on show was the final design of the two-seat Dodge EV coupé, now officially called the Circuit. It may be an electrified Lotus Europa underneath but in its new corporate Dodger clothing it isn't a bad looking old Hector.
Chrysler's Dodge Circuit: electrified Europa underneath
The official spec. sheet for the Circuit includes a 200kW (268bhp) electric motor, a range of between 150 and 200 miles, a 0-60 time of “less than five seconds” and a top speed of over 120mph.
Next up was the four door 200C EV, a range-extended electric vehicle in the same mould as the Chevrolet Volt. According to Chrysler, the 200C has a 40-mile all-electric range but a 400-mile range with a full charge of its lithium-ion battery and a full tank of petrol.
200C: extended range thanks to a petrol generator
The 200C uses the same electric motor as the Circuit though presumably a smaller lithium-ion battery pack. The 0-60 dash is quoted as seven seconds with a Circuit-like top speed of over 120mph. The 200C's petrol engine and generator combo is said to be good for 55kW (74bhp).
Since the 200C is based on Chrysler's existing rear-wheel drive platform it may not be a million miles from production in one form or another.
The 200C's interior gives a glimpse of what Chrysler think the “connected” car cabin of the not-too-distant future will look like. Apparently, “all vehicle functions, settings and uConnect features are managed via a panoramic multimedia touch screen, a passenger-dedicated 'techno-leaf' and a stowable tablet PC”.
For the uninitiated, uConnect is Chrysler's idea of a combined and integrated in-car information and entertainment system that links the internet, your mobile phone and your home digital media to you car so you - or, perhaps less life threateningly, your passenger - can muck about with it while on the move. ®
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A Step In the Right Direction
This is exactly the kind of car I envision to be the next generation. It'll use an alternative fuel source and be information-centric. I'm really not sure an old dinosaur of a company can pull it off though. I was expecting a few start-ups on the premise of building a next generation car with next generation manufacturing processes and without the bullshit cost of running union shops. Oh, how'd I'd love to see the UAW finally put out of business. We'll see what happens.
and they wonder why the car industry is in trouble?
what Chrysler think:
Thank God they are going Bust and will save us from this TOSH!
Flames so they can burn in marketing hell..
Bah where's my hydrogen car
I'm sorry i agree with topgear on this hydrogen fuel cells are the way to go here oil/petrol station companies will fight this to the end but if you give then some other form of business they can change to it'll help them and they will back it
plus range/recharge issues go away at this point as hydrogen can be refueled in a simalar way to natural gas cars. so some petrol stations already have the kit. so no recharing it at work /increased drain on national grid etc etc
yes iknow there is the whole storing hydrogen problem and the producing it to but some one will get that down sooner or later
hmm maybe a combination of hydrogen long hual vechiles and battery cars for every one else. may work.
mines the one with the honda clarity brochure in the pocket