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Jeep Electrified – SUV Maker Adding EVs, Plug-Ins

Battery-based Jeeps “under active development.”

by on Jun.24, 2016

The Jeep Renegade could be one of the first models electrified, a plug in the Chinese market.

Today’s battery-based vehicles tend to be small sedans, coupes and hatchbacks. But that’s beginning to change with high-end products like the Tesla Model S and, more recently, the Model X.

Tesla will soon have some challengers in the battery-electric SUV market including Audi, set to debut an all-electric ute in 2018. And Jeep is getting ready to weigh in, as well, according to brand boss Michael Manley.

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While Fiat Chrysler’s SUV division isn’t ready to release specific plans, Manley told TheDetroitBureau.com that new battery-based products are “under active development,” and other company sources indicate they aren’t very far from launch.

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Spy Shots: 2010? Dodge EV

Will Chrysler’s little battery-roadster be its first EV to charge into the market?

by on May.18, 2009

These are the first shots we've seen of an undisguised Dodge EV, suggesting the 2-seater could be getting readied for a launch as early as 2010.

These are the first shots we've seen of an undisguised Dodge EV, suggesting the 2-seater could be getting readied for a launch as early as 2010.

Chrysler is getting charged up about electric vehicles.  In a surprise move, last year, the ailing American automaker rolled out a trio of battery-powered vehicles that it announced would go into production during the coming decade.  Vice Chairman Jim Press has since said that one of them is set to debut as early as 2010.  But which one?

Would it be the Jeep EV, a modified version of the Dodge Wrangler?  Or perhaps the Chrysler EV, which starts out as a Town & Country minivan?  Both of these products fit into the Plug-in Hybrid – or, if you prefer, the extended-range electric – category, since they use a combination of lithium-ion batteries and an electric motor drive system paired with a conventional gasoline engine.

Well, if what we saw rolling down Woodward Ave., Detroit’s main drag, this past weekend, is any indication, the ailing automaker is getting ready to make a move with the third of its EV trio, the little Dodge EV.  The sexy little 2-seater fits into the pure battery car category.  If the basic design looks familiar, that’s because it starts out as a Lotus Europa modified to accept a lithium-ion battery pack, electric motor and computer control system. (more…)