Chrysler Group LLC today announced that it will begin building an all-electric car in 2012 and will also roll out 140 Ram plug-in hybrid pick-up trucks for a three-year demonstration project starting in 2011.
The pure electric vehicle, to be built on the Fiat 500 platform, will be composed of three main systems: a high-power electric powertrain module; a lithium-ion battery and an EV control unit. Chrysler says it will be manufacturing the Fiat 500EV for the United States market in 2012.
The Ram plug-in hybrid pick-up truck will be built as part of a $48 million grant from the Department of Energy’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act electrification program. It will use Chrysler’s 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with a two-mode transmission and a 12 kW-hr lithium-ion battery, with an all-electric range of about 20 miles. The battery maker for the project will be Electrovaya, Inc.