The show must go on – While it may seem like that American automakers don’t have enough cash to even build another unit of any model in their lineup, they continue to flaunt future products. During the Rose Bowl on Friday, Chrysler LLC brought out its three new electric-drive vehicle prototypes along with the guru of Chrysler electric-vehicles, Lou Rhodes.
Besides showing off the three prototypes that Lour Rhodes says are retrofitted for production, Chrysler put the Dodge EV, a fully-electric sports car that is based on the Lotus Europa, against its Dodge Challenger SRT8 in a drag race. We won’t tell you who won just yet so check out the video after the jump.
Automotive News has previously reported that Chrysler and Lotus are in talks to produce an electric sports car based on the Elise.
Dodge EV: Two-passenger electric rear-wheel-drive sports car powered by a 268-hp electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. That allows for a 0 to 60 mph time of less than 5 seconds with a top speed of more than 120 mph. Chrysler says the Dodge EV can travel between 150 to 200 miles on a single charge.
Dodge Challenger SRT8: Power comes from a 6.1 liter HEMI V8 engine that produces 425 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. 0″“60 mph comes in at the 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 170 mph.
Follow the jump for the video.
Source:Up to Speed