A report from Reuters says that Chrysler is scaling back its electric car plans and disbanding a team of engineers dedicated to rushing electric vehicles to its showrooms.
At the Detroit Auto Show in January, Chrysler pledged to have 500,000 battery-powered vehicles on the road by 2013. But a recent presentation of Chrysler’s five-year strategy reportedly showed that electric cars are now expected to represent “only one to two percent” of Chrysler’s annual sales by 2014, which is equivalent to less than 60,000 vehicles.
On its website, Chrysler still displays three proposed electric vehicles: the Dodge Circuit EV; Jeep Patriot EV; and the Chrysler Town & Country EV.
Chrysler executives told Reuters that a special division called Envi, which was supposed to spearhead development of hybrid technology, has been disbanded and “absorbed into the normal vehicle development program.”
Chrysler had used the electric car program as part of its case for a $12.5 billion federal aid package.