What’s going to happen to Chrysler’s ENVI electric-vehicle division?

So what’s going to happen to Chrysler’s ENVI division and their never-ending lineup of electric-vehicle concepts now that the Auburn Hills automaker has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy? According to a report by earth2tech, now that Fiat will eventually own 35 percent of Chrysler, the company’s ENVI division and its partnership with battery maker A123Systems are up in the air.

Chrysler announced earlier this year that it has partnered with A123Systems to provide advanced Nonophosphate Lithium-ion prismatic battery-cells for its plug-in electric-vehicles. The ENVI lineup, which consists of concepts such as the Dodge Circuit EV, Jeep Wrangler EV, Jeep Patriot EV, Chrysler Town & Country EV and the Chrysler 200C EV, was expected to introduce its first production model in 2010. The group was also planning an all-new electric minivan concept for the U.S. Postal Service.

earth2tech said that with Fiat on board, Chrysler’s electric-vehicle lineup could get some lightweight compact and subcompact platforms from the Italian automaker.

J.D. Power and Associates powertrain analyst Mike Omotoso speculates that the bankruptcy judge or Fiat itself may decide to cancel Chrysler’s ENVI program completely since it may be too expensive.

Omotoso said that he expects Chrysler to put all their electric-ambitions on hold until further notice.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Reuters and AutoblogGreen)