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Old 04-16-2009, 10:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dodge Circuit EV Will be Chryslerís First

Check out the gallery at the bottom of this post for more pictures. We recently saw some of Chrysler’s full line of ENVI concept cars at the New York International Auto Show, so it’s exciting to hear that one of those concepts is slated to go into production in 2010. With the Dodge Circuit, an electric [...] Related posts:
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Chrysler's first EV? Nuh-uh.

This $120,000 electric minivan was the company's first (and likely last) commercially available EV



Chrysler TEVan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Or did you mean first to go into production of the 3 concepts they've recently shown?

Nuh uh!

I don't think Chrysler is seriously making plans for EV's. They're too occupied with desperately trying to escape bankruptcy (not to mention scrounging in the couch cushions for enough money to meet payroll) to be spending money on an extremely low-volume, loss leader EV program.

Call me a cynic, but I don't believe this car is anything more than a shameless public relations effort to manufacture some "green" cred, and show decision makers (ie. politicians they're hoping will bail them out of trouble with taxpayer dough) that if they're just given one more chance they can be innovative too.
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I'd agree completely Darin. Where were these EVs (theres been a few from Chrysler lately) even a year ago?
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I had a chance to sit in the mini van EV that they made, it wasn't that bad for a mini van, alot of batteries tho, and that was part of why I was in it, the batteries were long gone and we were towing it around to get it out of the way.
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Isn't this JUST like an american auto company to do the EXACT SAME THING with a different name and pass it off as different... Yeah... thanks... we ALREADY have a lotus with some batteries in it... It isn't selling or making money... can we move on with life and try something new?

This is nothing but "green press". Every company in the world with a few marketting dollars seems to suddenly be the environment's best friend. Even my f'ing bank machine has an advertisement on it saying that it is powered with renewable energy (bullpoop, it is hooked up to the same power the rest of the bank is, they just invested a few dollars in some panels somewhere to say they are green)
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Chrysler's first EV?

This $120,000 electric minivan was the company's first (and likely last) commercially available EV
Nuh uh!



Global Electric Motorcars, a Chrysler company, has been in operation for ten years. Located in Fargo, North Dakota, Global Electric Motorcars manufactured its first vehicle in April 1998, a 48-volt GEM car that accommodated two passengers and had a top speed of 20 mph. Less than two months later, a significant breakthrough occurred in the market as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) designated a new class of motor vehicle, the low-speed vehicle, also known as the Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV). The low-speed vehicle class allowed GEM cars to be driven on public roads if they met certain safety criteria such as having safety belts, headlamps, windshield wipers, and safety glass. GEM cars always come equipped with these safety features making them a benchmark in the industry.

GEM battery-electric vehicles not only represent a relatively new vehicle in an emerging market segment, but also a new and growing brand within the Chrysler family. Just like Chrysler, Dodge and Jeepģ, or many of the other well-established brands in the company's portfolio, GEM stands for innovation and leadership.

Global Electric Motorcars aims to establish its brand presence both as the maker of the top-selling NEV in the market and the purveyor of one of the smartest solutions to traffic congestion and air quality problems yet to be introduced. The solution: zero-emissions personal transportation that is well integrated with traditional alternative transportation choices such as mass transit and carpooling.

GEM models are sophisticated yet simple. They represent a new kind of personal transportation, that expands the capacity to have fun. They represent a versatile and efficient way to get the job done, as well as a clean way to do everyday work. GEM cars harness and put to work the power of silence.

Today, Global Electric Motorcars remains committed to maintaining its leadership position in the NEV market with product improvements, innovations, and offerings. Currently, GEM cars are available in six unique models and are seen in cities, master planned communities, universities and colleges, industrial complexes, security companies, airports, and resorts throughout the world. Looking to the future, Global Electric Motorcars is strategically positioned within the Chrysler family to aid in the company's continuing efforts and commitment to developing, producing, and selling the world's most environmentally-friendly vehicles.
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Chrysler may have had EV's before the 1993 to 1995 TEVan, but it wasn't a GEM car. They didn't buy GEM until 2000.

GEM may well be their last (though, I expect that part of the company would get spun off).
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So, apparently we're all wrong! The Dodge Circuit WON'T be the next Chrysler EV. And their TEVan minivan wasn't the last.

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