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Chrysler's all-electric sports car  (Source: Detroit Free Press)

Chrysler Vice-Chairman Tom Lasorda unveils the new models
New all-electric sports car leads the pack.

While GM has generated a media frenzy over its upcoming release of the Volt plug-in hybrid, and even Ford is getting in on the act, little has been heard from Chrysler. That's all changed now, as the smallest of the US Big Three today announced plans to release three electric vehicles, including a totally new all-electric sports car. One of the three models will be on sale as early as 2010.

Chrysler unveiled an "electric range-extended" versions of their Town and Country minivan, as well as their iconic Jeep Wrangler. Both models will be plug-in hybrid variants. The automaker says each will have a 40 mile range on electric-only drive, at which time the gasoline engine will kick in.

This range is identical to GM's Volt, which should come as little surprise, given Chrysler has been working with A123 Systems, the same Lithium-Ion battery supplier GM reputedly will use for the Volt. Chrysler has not announced an official supplier yet, however, and says they are "working with multiple suppliers" on potential sources for batteries.

Tom LaSorda, Vice-Chairman for Chrysler, said the new models have been in the works for nearly two years. According to LaSorda, Chrysler's strategy is radically different than GM's. "We said we’ll take something more bold on the electric — all electric."

LaSorda said, "we didn’t want to spend the time on developing an all new platform, an all new car and then an all new propulsion system. We said we’ve got two icons for our company, a Wrangler, which is the icon for the Jeep brand, and the minivan, there’s 11 million-plus which we’ve sold. And people would say, ‘My god, they brought green to a minivan and Wrangler, this is unbelievable."

The most interesting of the new models, perhaps, is the new all-electric Dodge sportscar, capable of a 0-60 acceleration time of under 5 seconds. The vehicle's range will be 150-200 miles and will have a charging time of 6-8 hours on a standard 110v outlet. The vehicle will also accept a 220v supply, which will cut charging times in half.

No name or price was given for the sports car.

Chrysler has been hit hard by poor sales due to high gasoline prices. The automaker's sales have been down more than 20% in 2008-- a value double the industry average.

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RE: And yet again...
By Choppedliver on 9/24/2008 9:25:00 AM , Rating: -1
Do you feel better about yourself now?

RE: And yet again...
By mdogs444 on 9/24/2008 9:35:04 AM , Rating: 1
Maybe he takes it personally because hes a Wrangler owner? After all, I never understood why Wrangler owns feel the need to wave to other Wrangler owners on the road. lol

RE: And yet again...
By rudolphna on 9/24/2008 12:51:03 PM , Rating: 3
Same reason that motorcyclists, and Bus Drivers do. I have a jeep, and its true, that you do the little wave to others, its a courtesy thing.

RE: And yet again...
By fibreoptik on 9/24/2008 1:07:48 PM , Rating: 1
Courtesy has nothing to do with it. It's a closet homosexuality thing, admit it!

RE: And yet again...
By Spuke on 9/24/2008 3:35:48 PM , Rating: 2
Courtesy has nothing to do with it. It's a closet homosexuality thing, admit it!
Yes because it's gay to be nice to people you don't know.

RE: And yet again...
By amanojaku on 9/24/2008 9:10:09 PM , Rating: 2
It's like giving a thumbs-up to a guy with a hot chick. You wish she was yours, so you gotta give him props.

RE: And yet again...
By fibreoptik on 9/25/2008 11:59:26 AM , Rating: 2
That's pretty retarded. I really hope you don't do that...

RE: And yet again...
By Homerboy on 9/24/2008 9:49:55 AM , Rating: 3
I doubt he feels "better" but it is amazing the amount of grammatical and spelling errors Dailytech has on any given day. They could just copy and paste from a Word doc and it would cross check the spelling and grammar for them!

RE: And yet again...
By UppityMatt on 9/24/2008 10:07:16 AM , Rating: 3
The fact that i consider this site a great source of news, it bothers me when the first two articles i have read today have blatant typos that could be caught with a simple spell check. Its unacceptable for a site dedicated to journalism to not take a few minutes to even proofread the articles.

RE: And yet again...
By Fnoob on 9/24/2008 10:20:46 AM , Rating: 2
My, you are uppity!

RE: And yet again...
By austinag on 9/24/2008 10:57:49 AM , Rating: 2
Thank you four your totally honest sign in name! You've inspired me to change mine to Laughs@ownjokes

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