New York Auto Show: Chrysler Showcases Electric ENVI Concepts

by Benjamin Jones on April 11, 2009

Dodge Circuit ENVI Concept

Unlike most automakers with EV concepts, Chrysler is not focusing on just one electric car. Instead, the company is trying to cut costs and improve quality by designing a full line of electric cars on a common platform.

While the concept vehicles are not ready to hit the road yet, you can see them at this year’s New York International Auto Show.

Chrysler Showcases 3 Electric Cars in New York

Dodge Circuit ENVI Concept

Dodge Circuit EV Concept
If you wondered where Tesla’s competition would be coming from, this is the car that is set to do it. The Dodge Circuit also sports Lotus styling and will be able to go 150-200 miles on a single charge. This is one car I’d like to see in a race with the Tesla Roadster.

Chrysler 200C ENVI Concept
Chrysler 200C EV Concept
The 200C is Chrysler’s answer to the GM Volt: a sleek looking car that will be able to drive 40 miles on electric power alone before a gasoline generator kicks in to recharge the batteries. Chrysler is also advertising the car’s “social media” capabilities, which, to be honest, sounds like something that we should leave to phones instead of trying to integrate into our cars.

Chrysler Town & Country EV Concept
This is the minivan that started it all. Now, Chrysler is hoping that it will be the first minivan to head into our alternatively-fuelled future. Built on the same ENVI platform as the other vehicles, the Town & Country will, like the 200C, be a parallel hybrid with range extending capabilities.

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1 Adam April 11, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Sweet looking cars..too bad they are just concept cars.

2 Benjamin Jones April 11, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Here’s hoping that Chrysler’s investment pays off sooner rather than later.

3 Debbie April 12, 2009 at 9:40 am

I can’t wait till Chrysler realizes that they have to send a whole fleet of technicians to school to learn how to work with EVs. OR when they rush production and end up with a ton of recalls…

4 NeilBlanchard April 13, 2009 at 9:02 am


It seems like their approach is “Let’s throw all of these against the wall, and see which one(s) stick.”


5 Uncle B May 15, 2009 at 8:02 am

Over 700 Chrysler showrooms closed, today. GM announces 1500 showrooms gone! What the Hell is happening? All the big American names going down! The Chinese Chevy “Volt” knock-off, the BYD, up and running, doing taxi service in Shanghai and sold by contract to Israel, to be delivered soon here, and the GM “Volt” still a computer screen apparition, vaporware at best! All the Super-Ultra-Rich capital fleeing the New York Exchange, for the Shanghai Stock Market, and the mighty U.S.A. borrowing from China to survive, and soon to be turned down there! Chinese slave-labor still going at 85 cents an hour, 10 hours a day, seven days a week, and living in company dorms – we simply cannot compete, no matter how big the Union concessions! Chinese graduate engineers competing for our jobs are happy just to be able to eat meat and do more research! never mind big McMansions, SUV’s, and Corvettes! In capitalism, the lowest bidder wins, and right now, the Chinese are the lowest bidders on the job by far! The disenfranchised Americans soon find out what Capitalism owes them, the day the factory doors close! Capitalism, a great game on the way up – not so good on the way down! And what did we build, for our years of effort? Detroit City – take it or leave it, ruins and all! Damn!

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