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    Chrysler has announced that in late September 2008, three
    vehicles will be shown to the dealerships, and all three of these vehicles are
    said to be “production capable” electric vehicles.  As a company, Chrysler has been slower to
    actively jump into the hybrid game, with Honda, Toyota, and General Motors being the most
    publicly vocal about their programs, but Chrysler has plans to join GM with not
    one, but three plug-in models.

     

    This is not a complete shock, as it was only a matter of
    time before Chrysler and Dodge jumped into the ring, and with the release of
    the Dodge Zeo Concept at the 2008 North American International Auto Show
    (NAIAS), they showed that they were already elbow deep in R&D.  The Zeo is powered by lithium-ion batteries
    and uses no other fuel source, having an advertised range of up to 250 miles;
    the styling may have been a bit too much for the average hybrid shopper.



    There was very little information given as to what class of
    vehicle these new plug-ins might be, but with three vehicles that could all see
    production according to Chrysler’s Jim Press, one would think that they will be
    in different classes.  We will find out
    later this month what the new face of Chrysler could be as the market shifts
    towards EVs and other alternative powered vehicles.


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