Dodge Circuit EV makes its debut in Detroit

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 26, 2009

A very attractive reveal at today's Detroit Auto Show is the latest version of the electric vehicle signed by Dodge, the Dodge Circuit EV, a completely electric sports car with zero emissions and over 200 mile driving capacity with one charge.

The new vehicle features a sporty design at the exterior given by the unique Dodge crosshair at the front and the deep scallops on the body sides.

Featuring an all electric ENVI drivetrain, the car can reach 96km/h (60 mph) in less than 5 sec with a top speed of over 193 km/h (120 mph).

Dodge Circuit EV uses only three powertrain components : a 268 hp electric motor, an advanced lithium-ion battery system to power the electric-drive motor and a controller that manages energy flow.

The vehicle has a range of 150-200 miles (approximately 241-322 km) and can be recharged using a a standard 110-volt household outlet (the recharge time can be cut in half by using a typical 220-volt household appliance power outlet.)

At the interior is all about functionality and easy control for the driver. A very fine leather covers the seat, the center console and the width of the instrument.

The car also features a digital display that shows information regarding the electric-drive system. The Dodge Circuit EV provides all of the convenience features of a performance sports car such as premium sound system, power windows and door locks, air conditioning, speed control.

Press Release

Dodge Circuit EV

The Dodge Circuit EV displays bold exterior and interior styling with outstanding performance, zero gasoline consumption and zero tailpipe emissions.

The Dodge Circuit EV design screams pure sports car from every angle. The Dodge Circuit EV's profile demonstrates perfect proportions for balanced handling, placing the driver and passenger midway along the wheelbase. At the front of the vehicle, the distinctive Dodge crosshair grille splits the wind, sending it over the long, low hood and cleanly over the windshield and cockpit. The body sides feature a deep scallop, providing visual depth and also a functional rear-brake air duct. At the rear, the functional elements blend with design to create a uniform finish.

"The exterior styling of the Dodge Circuit EV mates bold Dodge styling to the no-compromise performance attributes of an all-electric performance sports car," said Ralph Gilles, Vice President - Design, Chrysler LLC. "The Dodge Circuit EV offers an extremely fun-to-drive, expressive sports car without fuel consumption and with virtually no impact on the environment."

The Dodge Circuit EV is adorned in all-new "Tangoreen" exterior color, wearing large "EV" graphics on both sides of the sports car.

The uncomplicated interior of the Dodge Circuit EV delivers a combination of pure function and athletic refinement. The cockpit design puts complete control of the car at the driver's fingertips. Nestled within a leather-covered instrument cluster are two primary analog-face gauges. A digital display conveys information regarding the electric-drive system.

The seats feature deep bolsters and are covered in premium leather. The same premium leather covers the center console and the width of the instrument panel.

The Dodge Circuit EV delivers all of the convenience features of a performance sports car, including premium sound system, power windows and door locks, air conditioning, speed control.

Propelled by a completely electric ENVI drivetrain, the Dodge Circuit EV posts impressive performance numbers:

0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds
¼-mile in 13 seconds
Top speed of more than 120 mph
Perhaps the most impressive Dodge Circuit EV number, however, is zero. That's how much gasoline the vehicle consumes while providing exhilarating sports car performance. It's also how much tailpipe emissions are produced.

The Dodge Circuit EV utilizes just three powertrain components. These include a 200 kW (268 horsepower) electric motor to drive the wheels, an advanced lithium-ion battery system to power the electric-drive motor, and a controller that manages energy flow.

Working with the latest advanced lithium-ion battery technology, the Dodge Circuit EV has a driving range of 150 to 200 miles between charges - more than triple the average daily commute of most consumers. Recharging the vehicle is a simple one-step process: plugging into a standard 110-volt household outlet. The recharge time can be cut in half by using a typical 220-volt household appliance power outlet.

The Dodge Circuit EV offers driving enthusiasts a performance sports car that can be driven to work every day - without consuming gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions.

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