For the moment, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles isn’t saying much about the concept vehicle it plans to unveil next month, but various sources suggest the Euro-American automaker will introduce a full battery-electric version of its new Pacifica minivan.
And, in an unusual step, the concept vehicle will make its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, rather than at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The all-electric Chrysler Pacifica could wind up being used as part of an autonomous vehicle project pairing FCA and Silicon Valley giant Google.
Late to the battery-car party, FCA appears to be racing to catch up with key rivals, as well as upstarts like Tesla Motors and Chinese-funded Faraday Future. A report by the Bloomberg news service suggests Fiat Chrysler is also working on a pure battery-electric version of one of its Maserati sports cars. (more…)