2009 NAIAS: Chrysler Town & Country EV
- January 13, 2009
- Posted by George Peterson
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Though Chrysler announced their intention to create extended-range electric vehicles along the lines of Chevrolet Volt back in September 2008, they used the 2009 Detroit show to provide a few more details and an update on the program overall. Also, unlike GM, Chrysler LLC is exploring using the powertrain in existing vehicles rather than creating an all-new platform.
Four products were shown in Detroit, including a Dodge, two Jeeps, and this Chrysler Town & Country.
Full PR details after the jump.
Chrysler Town & Country EV
* Chrysler Town & Country EV: The perfect fuel-efficient family vehicle
* Range-extended powertrain delivers exceptional fuel economy, minimal environmental impact and the same seven-passenger capability
The Chrysler Town & Country EV is a Range-extended Electric Vehicle that demonstrates another possible application of ENVI electric-drive technology.
“Twenty-five years ago, Chrysler invented the minivan,” said Frank Klegon, Executive Vice President — Product Development, Chrysler LLC. “And now, with ENVI’s Range-extended Electric Vehicle powertrain, Chrysler is reinventing America’s favorite minivan.”
The Chrysler Town & Country EV combines the electric-drive components of an Electric Vehicle with an integrated small-displacement engine and generator to produce additional electricity to power the electric-drive system when needed. This provides all of the positive attributes of an Electric Vehicle and extends the driving range to be equivalent to today’s gasoline-powered vehicles — without compromises.
The Chrysler Town & Country EV uses a 200 kW (268 horsepower) motor, producing 350 Nßm (258 lb.-ft.) of torque. The Chrysler EV Range-extended Electric Vehicle can drive 40 miles on all-electric power, and boasts a range of 400 miles. This makes the Chrysler EV the perfect fuel-efficient family vehicle.
An all-new Liquid Graphite Pearl exterior is featured on the Chrysler Town & Country EV, which wears new, large “EV” graphics on both sides of the vehicle.
Chrysler Town & Country EV — Vehicle Specifications
Range-extended Electric Vehicle, 7-passenger minivan
Weight and Dimensions
Length 202.5 inches / 5144 mm
Width 76.5 inches / 1943 mm
Height 71.4 inches / 1814 mm
Wheelbase 121.2 inches / 3079 mm
Track front / rear 65.5 inches / 1664 mm 64.8 inches / 1646 mm
Turn circle 38 feet / 11.6 m
Powertrain and Suspension
Layout Front-wheel drive
Motor Power: 200 kW (268 hp)
Battery Lithium-ion battery
Suspension Front – McPherson strut
Rear – Beam axle
Range extender SULEV gasoline engine and electric generator
Continuous electric power: 70 kW (94 hp)
Wheels and Tires
Tire size front P225 / 65R17 28.5 inches / 724 mm
Tire size rear P225 / 65R17 28.5 inches / 724 mm
Exterior Liquid Graphite Pearl
Interior Medium Slate Gray
Key Performance Attributes
0-60 mph (0-100 kph) approximately 8 seconds
Standing ?-mile low-16 seconds
Top speed more than 100 mph (approximately 161 kph)
All-electric range 40 miles (approximately 64 km)
Total driving range up to 400 miles (approximately 644 km)