It was announced by Chrysler lately that it has struck a deal with A123Systems, an American battery provider for new nanophosphate lithium-ion batteries for its future generation of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars.
The battery supplier intends to put up a new manufacturing plant in Michigan, and through the deal with Chrysler both firms will be strengthening their commitment to maintain the future development of electric mobility in the US.
The first EV of Chrysler is scheduled to be available in the market next year and will ultimately be followed by a lineup of plug-in hybrid or range-extending vehicles derived from the recently introduced electric concept vehicles: Dodge Circuit EV, Jeep Wrangler EV, Jeep Patriot EV, Chrysler Town and Country EV, and the Chrysler 200C EV.
All of these vehicles with come with the same modular battery configuration, but with a different scale contingent on application, which reduces Chrysler's development time, investment and all around battery system costs.
The range-extended vehicles, like the Chevrolet Volt, will be utilizing a compact internal combustion engine in addition to the batteries which then power an electric motor to turn the wheels of the vehicle.
This is quite distinct from the regular hybrids that employ the engine to drive the wheels and the electric powerplant to help in high load driving or low speed driving.