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The Chrysler EV, An Electric Hybrid Town & Country

Posted in Car Tech, Chrysler, Concept Cars, Design, Electric Cars, Emissions, Fuel Cell, Hybrid, Hybrid Technologies, New Cars, Newsworthy by Suzanne Denbow | September 25th, 2008 | 4 Responses |

Introduced in conjunction with Chrysler ENVI’s electric hybrid 3-vehicle line-up, the Chrysler EV is a hybrid version of Chrysler’s current minivan offering, the Chrysler Town & Country. Ipso facto, the Chrysler EV is also a vehicle that no one, save for that overzealous mom who runs the local PTA, could ever possibly want. Fortunately, although Chrysler has admitted that only one of the three extended-range electric vehicles will make it to production, it hasn’t revealed which one, allowing us the glimmer of hope that it won’t be the Chrysler EV.

Despite the fact that its official classification as a minivan earns it our scathing ire, like the other two Chrysler ENVI vehicles, the Chrysler EV’s fuel-efficient engineering and innovative technology is actually pretty impressive.

Chrysler EV photo gallery after the jump

With the same electronic drive train application as both the Dodge EV and the Jeep EV, the Chrysler EV minivan is powered by a gasoline-powered small displacement engine that is integrated to function in tandem with an electric generator, both of which provide additional power to the Chrysler’s electronic drive system. The motor itself produces a zippy 9 second 0-60 mph acceleration time and produces 255-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It also provides zero tailpipe emissions, and like it’s two ENVI siblings, features a fuel consumption average of approximately 50 mpg, or 400 miles per every 8 gallons of gasoline.

In addition to serving as a preview of what could possibly translate into a production model, the Chrysler EV also serves as a rubric for future, as yet unreleased vehicles. According to Chrysler, the knowledge and experience gained from engineering the Chrysler EV “will be applied to other front-wheel drive applications in Chrysler’s portfolio.”

We say: Chalk the Chrysler EV up to experience, and give us the Jeep EV.

[Photo Cred: Jalopnik]

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4 Responses

  1. JimScar says:

    Your completely irrational rant against the minivan class is a shining example of why we in the USA are behind the rest of the world in automobiles. “We” don’t like diesels because we don’t read current tech info, we really on impressions of diesels from the 1970’s. “We” don’t like practical hatchback and 5-door (sportback) designs because we remember that these configurations only came on cheap cars – in the 1970’s. “We” were late to the hybrid game because we were insulated from the fuel costs endured by the rest of the world.

    So now, because the minivan became ubiquitous and associated with the “soccer mom” segment, every automotive article about a minivan has to start with the author’s personal rant against the segment. After all, no one could possibly want more room, better handling, better ergonomics, better fuel economy, better ride, and lower upfront cost. No way! Let’s all drive “cool” SUV’s that are space inefficient, fuel inefficient, poor handling, and costly to maintain!

    Personally, I like the ability to transport large items protected from the weather. Like maybe 7 people and their luggage or gear, with room to spare. Or a large piece of furniture. Or I can drive alone, with 30-50% better fuel economy than in an SUV.

    The Chrysler T&C is a quiet, comfortable, and GOOD LOOKING vehicle that I’m not embarrassed to drive. Put in a hybrid drive train and I’m there. Current SUV’s with less room and already using hybrid drive trains get mileage similar to that of my non-hybrid T&C. Perhaps many people need the ego boost from driving a “cool” and “tough” vehicle. I guess I’m just not one of them.

  2. Tony says:

    yeah, i’d agree with the above writer. people that NEED to drive SUV’s are trying to compensate for their little balls. After all, its the driver that makes the car cool, not the car that makes the driver cool.

  3. Howard Cook says:

    I have been driving Chrysler mini vans since 1985 and very pleased with there performance. I am happy to read about a hybrid version with improved mpg. I think this type vehicle is long overdue. When can I expect to purchase one?

  4. Jay Imerman says:

    OK, when I read the first few paragraphs of this article, it is plain I am getting no real review of the vehicle. And get your facts right – this is not a hybrid system. A hybrid system uses a combination of technologies/fuel sources to provide power to the drivetrain. This is an electric vehicle. Period. It uses a gasoline generator to generate electricity – but you could take it out, and put in a solar panel on the roof, and you would still be able to drive it. Heck, behind the gas take cap is a 220 plug cap, so you can plug it directly into an outlet (220v gives you several hours charging time, 110v gives you double the charging time), and never use any gas if you drive under 40 miles between charges.

    Now, I’ve been driving mostly GM vehicles for many years (one exception – a Dodge Shadow) – my father-in-law retired after 29 years from Flint Metalfab. So, it was quite a leap to buy our T&C after the brand new Chevy Venture Vortec V6 piece of junk died after 76,000 miles. I tell you, of all the cars I have owned in the past 25 years, the T&C is the BEST. We have owned it for 5 years now, and love it just as much as when we bought it. Try that for a vehicle. Ditto to JimScar, and then some! I hate SUV’s, I hate us Americans’ insistence on gasoline instead of the much more efficient Diesel, and when that T&C EV comes out, I am all over it! First year of a new model – I know.