Chrysler plans to shock industry, sell electric car in 2010

The Wall Street Journal has reported that Chrysler is in advanced talks with A123 Systems, a potential supplier to GM's Volt project.

The range-extended vehicles, which are in the same vein of development as GM's Volt, would run on electricity but would have a back-up gasoline-burning motor to generate electricity once the battery charge runs out.

Klegon said both the Jeep and minivan range-extended vehicles would be able to drive 40 miles on a single battery charge before the generator kicks in, giving the vehicle 400 miles of total range.

Chrysler thinks nature enthusiasts, who already enjoy the Jeep Wrangler for its off-road capabilities, will latch on to an electric-drive version.

"You can roam the planet and take care of it at the same time, that's kind of the theme we're building around this whole thing," LaSorda said.

Chrysler's in-floor storage system makes a good spot for an electric-drive vehicle's batteries, he said.

One of the vehicles will be produced for North American customers by the end of 2010 and in Europe shortly after, LaSorda said.

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