Alas, that program has now been canceled, due to some extent into a quantity of events that came about inside ensuing months. Originating in its first federal bail in December then additional bail outs, a government structured bankruptcy, plus a joining as well as Fiat, Chrysler's outlook has evolved dramatically, ending software that some believed would transform Chrysler.
Then again there have been a variety of analysts, myself included, who took one look at the ENVI program and declared that the whole lot was vaporware. Specifically, many of us saw ENVI as Chrysler's try and convince Congress at hand above the funds to keep the automaker operating a business.
When Chrysler announced its ENVI put in September 2008, green proponents hailed the move, expecting the automaker makes good on its promises. Indeed, to be a manufacturer of mostly truck type vehicles, Chrysler does not have a title for creating fuel efficient, let alone environmentally-friendly vehicles. ENVI, however, promised to switch all that. At least that maybe what a number of people hoped.
In truth, ENVI was only show 'n tell, Chrysler's technique to advance its effort to secure taxpayer funding for the failed business. Gadget vehicles - the Chrysler Town & Country and Jeep Wrangler - were already in production, with Chrysler proposing that lithium-ion battery packs be incorporated in electrified versions these vehicles.
The Dodge Circuit EV would be a new model, a perception car designed and developed for Chrysler by Lotus, the British racecar company. That vehicle was the "surprise" with the three, an attractively designed two-seater some believed would eventually switch the Dodge Viper. The simple truth is, the Circuit EV was among the list of concepts into account, standing as much potential for seeing production because Dodge Zeo. Which implies the Circuit was simply for show.
The main change for Chrysler is the automaker has not many new models on tap and in case it was not due to the budding relationship with Fiat, this company would have nothing new available after 2012. But, thanks to its hitting the ground with Fiat, many future Chrysler Windsor Deluxe, Dodge and Jeep models will share platforms, components as well as other parts with Fiat Group cars, giving these 3 brands a brand new lease on life.
Just don't try to find an electric powered vehicle while in the mix because given that the ENVI show ends, Chrysler and Fiat are going to be pushed to formulate a couple of hybrids not to full electric models