The Town & Country, Circuit and Wrangler Unlimited were shown publicly last summer, but the Patriot is an all-new entry to the portfolio of models developed by ENVI, Chryslers environmentally friendly car engineering arm that draws its name from the first four letters of environment.
Chrysler has said it plans to put at least one of the electric vehicles into production in 2010; the company now promises at least three more EV models will follow by 2013.
Chryslers broad portfolio of electric vehicle prototypes clearly demonstrates that we are well on our way to bringing electric vehicles to our consumers garages, said Frank Klegon, Chrysler executive vice president for product development.
Between its ENVI electric-drive vehicles and GEM neighborhood electric vehicles, Chrysler wants to put 500,000 of its electric vehicles on the road by 2013.
Other ENVI vehicles include:
The Jeep Patriot EV, which combines ENVIs range-extending drive system with a compact front-drive sport-utility vehicle.
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EV uses a range-extending electric powertrain in an off-roader. Though only a 4x2 drivetrain as shown in Detroit, a 4x4 version is in development.
The Chrysler Town & Country EV, incorporating the same powertrain into its utilitarian front-drive seven-passenger minivan.