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Old 09-24-08, 12:50 AM   #1
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Chrysler and electric cars by 2010

http://www.cnbc.com/id/26850309

The first car pictured that looks like it copied some Euro-bubble subcompact. If Dodge tried to sell that in the US would likely sink the company.

I hope Dodge has some sense about knowing what people want, and make the Jeep Wrangler EV, or go that route.
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that first car reminds me of.... if painted yellow
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hahah... glad to see one of the big three is finally waking up and smelling the coffee, 5 years late.
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hahah... glad to see one of the big three is finally waking up and smelling the coffee, 5 years late.
Have you not seen the Volt thread?

Ford and Chrysler have been working on an electric vehicle program since the early 90s. Ford had an electric Ranger around 92 and Chrysler was working electric Carvans around that time and they were still working on them 2000.

Battery technology has always been the major hold up.
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Old 09-24-08, 04:07 PM   #5
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I see domestic cars selling electric cars one of two ways:

1: Market is similar to the Prius as eco-hip.

2: Replace existing vehicle lines with it, and have as little change as possible. A Jeep Wrangler EV should do everything a normal Jeep Wrangler can, except be plugged in at night so it can go 20-60 miles without needing to use gas.
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hahah... glad to see one of the big three is finally waking up and smelling the coffee, 35 years late.
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Electric car technology isn't new. I read somewhere that back before the infrastructure of gas stations were put into place that the most common vehicle technology was electric, 100 years or more ago.

The next step, IMHO, is offering electric motors as an alternative to gasoline or diesel engines. For example, a pickup truck like a Ford F-250 would offer a 4.6 V8, a 5.4 V8, their V10, and some electric motor with equivalent torque/horsepower as engine choices.

Same with cars. Eventually, the main source of power will be electric motors across the board, and gasoline engines as direct drive (as opposed to generators) will be phased out.
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