Peapod: Chrysler Electric Vehicle for the 'Hood

September 23, 2008
Here's the other electric vehicle being announced by Chrysler today. It's called the Peapod, and it's from GEM, the same EV maker that's been supplying golf-cart-like vehicles to gated communities and events like the G8 summit for years. This time around, Chrysler seems to be positioning it as a city car that's more than useful for short shopping runs and in-town errands, along with hauling around heads of state and bags of golf clubs.

The Peapod is a gas-free, emissions-free car that looks like it's been spawned by those speaker sets you can buy for Apple computers. The "pod" design and see-through panels are part of a user-friendly design that also includes hands-free iPhone operation, mesh seats, and recyclable materials used in its construction.

The new Peapod goes into production next year, and will have a top speed of 25 mph and a range of 30 miles per charge. Chrysler says it's street-legal in more than 40 states and can be recharged in under eight hours in a household 110-volt outlet.

So, instead of a silly Vespa, why not give up all pretense of manhood? The GEM Peapod arrives in showrooms late next year.

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