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Wednesday, November 05, 2008
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Chrysler Turns On The Electric Supercar - The Dodge EV

Chrysler has recently announced three full electric concept cars that their ENVI cross functional engineering team is working on. It could be the electric charge that lifts the Ram off its feet. In Chrysler's ENVI team lies a dedicated group of engineers who are trying to make a difference for the company. The Dodge EV electric supercar is one of the culminations of those efforts.

Chrysler has released the preliminary specifications for the Dodge EV. The EV's performance data is excellent and the Dodge EV derives 100% of its power from a lithium-ion battery pack. The EV can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under five seconds, with the 1/4 mile (402 metres) hit in under 13 seconds. The ENVI team have configured the Dodge EV as a rear wheel drive high performance vehicle with seating for two passengers. Output power from the electric motor is 200 kW (268 hp) and the maximum torque is a staggering 650 Nm (480 ft-lbs), which accounts for its instantaneous acceleration.

To charge the lithium-ion battery pack, the Chrysler ENVI team have incorporated a regenerative braking system that reverses the electric motor's polarity to charge the lithium-ion cells. This also helps to reduce wear on the brakes. Dodge's intention is to market the Dodge EV internationally so they have designed a dual voltage onboard 110/220 V charger. North American residents may want to also have a special 220V (30 Amp) plug fitted in their garage as this can speed up the charge time if Chrysler designs the system in advance for this.

Energy output from the Dodge EV's lithium-ion battery pack is 26 kW/h and with an output voltage capability of between 380 to 420 volts. Chrysler indicates the top speed of the Dodge EV is more than 120 mph (192 km/h) and the range is between 150 to 200 miles on a full charge dependent upon driving conditions. No pricing has been released for the Dodge EV, but expect that the first few production serial numbers of this car will be sought after by many car collectors.

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