American automaker Chrysler looks to be set to go head to head with rival GM and its upcoming Volt electric car with word today of an electric ride of its own. The company, in partnership with Italian automaker Fiat, will be bringing to the United States in 2012 an electric car based upon the Fiat 500 platform.
The Fiat 500EV, as it is being called, will have a powertrain, according to Chrysler, that consists of three systems: “high power electric powertrain module, advance lithium ion battery, and an EV control unit to manage power flows.” The powertrain engineering and and vehicle development will take place at Chrysler Group headquarters in Michigan. Pricing and other details on the Fiat 500EV will likely be announced closer to the projected launch date.
In related green car news, Chrysler also said it has been awarded a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant of up to $48 million to develop a plug-in hybrid version of its Ram pickup truck. 140 of these vehicles will be built “a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant of up to $48 million” and will sport “ Chrysler Group’s 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with a two mode hybrid transmission and a 12KwHr lithium ion battery.” It is said this Ram will get up to 20 miles of pure-electric range without the need for gasoline, with “an overall fuel economy improvement of more than 65 percent expected for average drive cycles”.
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