Chevy Volt-fighter to the core, Chrysler’s new Dodge Circuit EV is one of the many fuel-efficient surprises the Pentastar has brought with them to the Detroit auto show this year. Unveiled in prototype form as part of the Chrysler ENVI trio back in early fall, although spy shots caught the bright orange Dodge EV prowling the streets of Michigan under the cloak of darkness, Chrysler remained tight-lipped in regards to which of its three ENVI concept vehicles it would be scheduling for production. Today, it appears as though we finally have our answer.
Powered by Chrysler’s electric-hybrid ENVI drivetrain, the Dodge Circuit EV employs the use of both a 200 kW (268 horsepower) electric motor and an advanced lithium-ion battery pack that together allow the Dodge Circuit EV to average a driving range of 150-200 miles per single charge. In addition to requiring absolutely no gasoline (and thus able to boast zero CO2 emissions), Chrysler also claims the Dodge Circuit EV is capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds, and a full ¼-mile in a mere 13 seconds. Although we’re impressed, we’re also slightly wary – if those preliminary specs hold up under real-world testing conditions, what kind of price tag are we going to be slammed with?
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Dodge Circuit EV
Dodge Circuit EV: Brand new version of all-electric sports car boasts unique, fearless Dodge design
All-electric vehicle delivers sports car performance with zero gasoline consumption, zero tailpipe emissions and 150-200 mile driving range
Detroit, Jan 11, 2009 – The Dodge Circuit EV displays bold exterior and interior styling with outstanding performance, zero gasoline consumption and zero tailpipe emissions.
The Dodge Circuit EV design screams pure sports car from every angle. The Dodge Circuit EV’s profile demonstrates perfect proportions for balanced handling, placing the driver and passenger midway along the wheelbase. At the front of the vehicle, the distinctive Dodge crosshair grille splits the wind, sending it over the long, low hood and cleanly over the windshield and cockpit. The body sides feature a deep scallop, providing visual depth and also a functional rear-brake air duct. At the rear, the functional elements blend with design to create a uniform finish.
“The exterior styling of the Dodge Circuit EV mates bold Dodge styling to the no-compromise performance attributes of an all-electric performance sports car,” said Ralph Gilles, Vice President – Design, Chrysler LLC. “The Dodge Circuit EV offers an extremely fun-to-drive, expressive sports car without fuel consumption and with virtually no impact on the environment.”
The Dodge Circuit EV is adorned in all-new “Tangoreen” exterior color, wearing large “EV” graphics on both sides of the sports car.
The uncomplicated interior of the Dodge Circuit EV delivers a combination of pure function and athletic refinement. The cockpit design puts complete control of the car at the driver’s fingertips. Nestled within a leather-covered instrument cluster are two primary analog-face gauges. A digital display conveys information regarding the electric-drive system.
The seats feature deep bolsters and are covered in premium leather. The same premium leather covers the center console and the width of the instrument panel.
The Dodge Circuit EV delivers all of the convenience features of a performance sports car, including premium sound system, power windows and door locks, air conditioning, speed control.
Propelled by a completely electric ENVI drivetrain, the Dodge Circuit EV posts impressive performance numbers:
0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds
¼-mile in 13 seconds
Top speed of more than 120 mph
Perhaps the most impressive Dodge Circuit EV number, however, is zero. That’s how much gasoline the vehicle consumes while providing exhilarating sports car performance. It’s also how much tailpipe emissions are produced.
The Dodge Circuit EV utilizes just three powertrain components. These include a 200 kW (268 horsepower) electric motor to drive the wheels, an advanced lithium-ion battery system to power the electric-drive motor, and a controller that manages energy flow.
Working with the latest advanced lithium-ion battery technology, the Dodge Circuit EV has a driving range of 150 to 200 miles between charges – more than triple the average daily commute of most consumers. Recharging the vehicle is a simple one-step process: plugging into a standard 110-volt household outlet. The recharge time can be cut in half by using a typical 220-volt household appliance power outlet.
The Dodge Circuit EV offers driving enthusiasts a performance sports car that can be driven to work every day – without consuming gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions.