Chrysler Goes Electric

Firm to offer hybrid and pure-electric models in 2010
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2008 12:20 PM CDT
In this sketch provided by Chrysler LLC, the 2008 Jeep Renegade Concept is shown. Chrysler will introduce three concept electric vehicles next year that are designed to be totally electric.   (AP Photo/Chrysler)
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(Newser) – Chrysler is hopping on Detroit's belated eco-friendly bandwagon, a source tells the Wall Street Journal, with a full stable of electric cars and trucks that it plans to market starting in late 2010. While most of the planned models are hybrids, at least one will be a fully electric car which will go 150-200 miles on a charge.

The other vehicles will generally be “range-extended” hybrids using a battery with a range of 40 miles and a small gasoline engine to recharge the battery. These hybrids, which include SUVs, should be able to go about 400 miles on 8 gallons of gasoline. Chrysler is currently testing a range-extended Jeep Wrangler and Town & Country Minivan.