The concepts share similar and different attributes. The electric motors in each case are driven by high-tech lithium-ion batteries. Each concept uses a different power source to charge those batteries, however. It's similar to GM's Chevrolet Volt concept- which uses electricity to drive the car, but either hydrogen, diesel or gasoline to generate the electricity.
|Chrysler Ecovoyager Concept|
Chrysler will present one hybrid for each of their brands- namely Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep.
The Chrysler concept is called Ecovoyager- a four-passenger, single-box design which uses a hydrogen fuel-cell to generate power for a 200-kilowatt electric motor and battery pack. The 191 inch long cruiser has a range of at least 300 miles and can run from 0 to 60 in under 8 seconds, Chrysler says.
|Dodge Zeo Concept|
Excitement meets economy in the Dodge Zeo concept. A four-door, four-passenger 2+2 sport wagon powered by a plug-in rechargeable battery, Zeo boasts a 250 mile range and spirited performance with 0-60 in under 6 seconds.
Using electricity to power adventures is the Jeep Renegade Hybrid. The small, sporty off-roader combines the lithium-ion battery with electric motors, and the entire package is powered by a Bluetec diesel engine. Chrysler claims mileage of about 110 mpg, partially aided by a lightweight aluminum body.
Check the concepts out at the Detroit auto show.
|Jeep Renegade Hybrid|