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80 Journalists Drive Dodge EV During Geneva Motor Show


Dodge Circuit EV

Dodge Circuit EV

Chrysler reports a "phenomenal amount of interest" in their ENVI electric vehicles, on display at the Geneva Motor Show. 80 journalists apparently took the chance to drive the Dodge Circuit EV on a test track in close proximity to the show's exhibition hall.

They made a Dodge Circuit EV available to journalists for three days from dawn 'til dusk, and according to Chrysler the vehicle caused more than a few "wow" moments even with skeptics.

Dodge Circuit EV

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Chrysler claims that the Dodge Circuit EV is a "no-compromise car," and at least for the enthusiast its sub five-second 0-60 mph time sounds compelling. Of course, a roadster presents unacceptable packaging compromises for most drivers, and so Chrysler is also developing an all-electric minivan and a way cool all-electric Jeep that houses an electric motor in each wheel for the ultimate in high-traction rock crawling.

In a seeming direct jab at the E-REV 2011 Chevrolet Volt (which has enough problems at the moment as parent GM teeters on the verge of bankruptcy), Dodge claims that "what’s important for the journalists to realize is that, unlike some other automakers, we’re not out to make just one electric vehicle."

Dodge Circuit EV

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The naysayers are pointing out that heavily subsidized electric vehicles ain't gonna appeal to American taxpayers who are sick of footing the bill for, oh, the lavish lifestyles of big-wig bankers. Not to mention billions already in life support for auto companies that seem nonetheless destined for Chapter 11.

Both Chrysler and GM argue strongly in favor of pressing forward with electrics. Chrysler's stance: "look at it from the cost per mile, and the total cost of ownership, and then you realize how electric vehicles really make economic sense." A bit earlier today, Richard Read explained a little skirmish between Carnegie Mellon and GM regarding the viability of long- and mid-range electric cars. 

Which do you think lies your garage's future - a fuel tank, a lithium-ion battery pack, or some combination thereof?

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  1. "I think Chrysler is the the next GM/Toyota"

    This car maker is low right now and it hurting but everything is and everything will I mean look at Toyota they got hybrids but its not ment for the back roads most important sport wich people today want but at the same time green and Dodge/jeep/Chrysler are doing it right I love it. The Dodge Circuit EV is outstanding I dont care if its the Lotus its a DODGE guys be happy with dont diss it Its American its going to help out wiht America.
     
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    Auto makers cant sell these cars if they stay in concept mode. When are they going to be available to the general public. I'd buy an EV now realistic was available. I can charge it with the 240 plug in my garage. No need to wait for a bunch of charging stations. Just gettem out there. The public and private sectors will figure out where, when, how to charge these things. Stop talking about it and start doing something.
     
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