DETROIT — Chrysler LLC showed five electric-drive concept vehicles here at the auto show, but the struggling automaker faces obstacles in meeting its goal to bring one into production late next year.
Unlike General Motors, which announced a battery supplier deal at the Detroit show last week, Chrysler has not confirmed its battery source or details about other suppliers. All five concepts have lithium ion batteries. Chrysler has not set a production date.
Lou Rhodes, president of Chrysler's ENVI electric-vehicle division, says Chrysler already has decided which one of the five vehicles it will make next year, but he declined to identify it.
"The design freeze is there," Rhodes says.
At the show, Chrysler introduced plug-in versions of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the Jeep Patriot. Chrysler also showed the Dodge Circuit EV, an all-electric sports car developed with Lotus; and the Chrysler 200C, a plug-in electric mid-sized, rear-drive sedan concept.
Chrysler is testing 100 plug-in hybrids in commercial fleets this year and plans to launch one late next year.