Chrysler reveals three new green concepts at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show

Chrysler reveals three new green concepts at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show  
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Concept Cars, Green, Motor Shows, Chrysler
on 01/14/2008

Source: Chrysler

Jeep Renegade ConceptChrysler ecoVoyager ConceptDodge ZEO Concept

Chrysler has unveiled three brand new concept vehicles – each featuring a different advanced alternative fuel system – at the Detroit Auto Show today. The Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept, Jeep Renegade Concept and Dodge ZEO Concept take advantage of the best new technologies and couple them with the room, comfort, speed and style customers want from their family vehicle.

Simon Elliott, Managing Director of Chrysler UK, said: “Providing exceptional fuel economy and reducing emissions is part of Chrysler’s environmental commitment. In fact, we have already seen some of the benefits of our green approach in the UK with the launch of so many Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge models with fuel-efficient diesel engines in the last few years.

“These three new designs show that we are moving all of our brands forward with a green agenda. The challenge for our designers today is to make sure that future designs stand out from the crowd, while making sure that they are eco-friendly. The designers and engineers have done a great job with this year’s concepts – I imagine that it won’t be too long before we see this type of technology being used on and off our streets.”

The Chrysler ecoVoyager four-door, four-passenger concept was developed for customers wanting a travel experience on par with a private jet, but without a lot of fancy gadgetry. These customers seek three critical attributes: elegance, simplicity and serenity.

The ecoVoyager’s front wheels are driven by an electric motor, with power primarily supplied by a lithium-ion battery pack capable of satisfying a consumer’s typical daily commute of less than 40 miles. The electric motor develops 200 kilowatts (268 horsepower), enabling acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in less than eight seconds. A regenerative braking system captures energy that would normally be lost and returns it to the battery, making the Chrysler ecoVoyager concept a very efficient vehicle.

The ecoVoyager takes advantage of a range extender – in this case, a small, advanced hydrogen fuel cell -- to extend the vehicle range for longer trips. With this advanced technology, the Chrysler ecoVoyager’s total range is greater than 300 miles, while no emissions – besides water vapour -- come from the exhaust along the way.

The Jeep® Renegade concept vehicle is a sporty, “minimised” two-seater ideally suited for the all-weather fun of dune-surfing or rock-crawling.

The advanced propulsion system in the Jeep Renegade concept starts with a 40-mile range lithium-ion battery pack. A range extender – in Renegade’s case, a1.5-litre BLUETEC diesel engine – allows for journeys up to 400 miles.

Renegade’s BLUETEC diesel engine generates an additional 115 horsepower when needed, while greatly reducing exhaust emissions when compared to standard petrol engines. Renegade is capable of achieving an equivalent petroleum fuel economy of 110 miles per gallon, which is four-to-five times greater than an equivalent petrol-only vehicle.

The Jeep Renegade concept is designed for cross-country fun and agility and with an additional electric motor powering each axle, the Renegade boasts a very capable 4x4 system – complete with low range and locking differentials -- worthy of carrying the Jeep name.

The 2008 Dodge ZEO -- Zero Emissions Operation – concept vehicle is a four-passenger, all-electric, “2+2” sport wagon that embraces the bold, emotional characteristic of the Dodge brand.

“The Dodge ZEO concept is designed to break the paradigm of what an electric car should look like,” said Bill Zheng, Dodge ZEO principal exterior designer. “An electric car can be as expressive as any petrol-powered vehicle. The Dodge ZEO concept proves that point – and then some.”

The advanced propulsion system powering the Dodge ZEO concept is electric-only with a 64 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack capable of at least 250 miles. Resting in a rear-wheel drive layout, Dodge ZEO’s 200 kilowatt (268 horsepower) single-electric motor contributes to a 0-60 mph time in less than six seconds -- which rivals Chrysler’s famed HEMI powerplant.

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