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Old 05-09-2009, 02:38 AM   #1
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Default Report: Lotus Europa based Dodge Circuit electric-car has been killed

With Chrysler going through bankruptcy and giving majority control over to Italian automaker Fiat, itís a bit unclear where the Auburn Hills automakerís ENVI electric-vehicle division stands. Recent reports said that the bankruptcy judge or Fiat may decide to kill ENVI completely since it may be too costly.

ENVI was scheduled to deliver its first electric-vehicle in late 2010 with lithium-ion battery packs supplied by A123Systems. The division had created a total of five vehicle concepts but never confirmed which of those five concepts would make it into production. However, last month CNNMoney said that Chryslerís first production ENVI would be the Lotus Europa based Dodge Circuit.

While that may have gotten many of you excited, a report by AutoCar released today said that the car has been killed.
ďThe Europa-based Dodge Circuit electric car has been killed by the credit crunch,Ē reports AutoCar.

Nonetheless, insiders say that Lotus is now talking to European OEM to setup another electric-car program like the Tesla Roadster.

The Dodge Circuit EV is (or was) a pure electric-car that carries a 268-hp electric-motor allowing it to travel 150 miles to 200 miles on a single charge. 0 to 60 comes in under 5 seconds with a top speed of 120 mph.
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Old 05-09-2009, 06:22 AM   #2
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I love how they blame it on the "credit crunch," as if Chrysler was in such great shape before the market tanked.
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Old 05-09-2009, 07:17 AM   #3
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Hopefully someone will pick the ball up on this one. Chrysler has has some real cool cars over the years. Maybe Toyota could pick it up and and some zest to there lineup. Honda needs something like this to fit that s2000/NSX arena. I know they are 2 different cars, but those are really fun cars!
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Old 05-09-2009, 02:52 PM   #4
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Here I was hoping Chrysler would do a limited run electric car based off the Europa, and then build some units with a regular gas burning engine. I would have dropped cash on an Elise relative that put some cash into the demostic car companies pocket...
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Old 05-09-2009, 04:48 PM   #5
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WOW. I am soooo surprised!1!!

I only hope that this means that Fiat is taking over and REAL cars are in the works, not these imaginary cars that never had a chance in hell to see the light of day.
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