Chrysler has announced plans to launch its PeaPod electric car worldwide in 2010. The compact city EV will be available as a one-seater, a two-seater or a utility van, at prices starting from around $20,000.
Developed by Chrysler-owned Green Eco Mobility (GEM), the PeaPod is capable of travelling 40 miles on a single charge. According to the company’s innovation chief, Peter Arnell, this is more than enough for most daily commutes.
In an effort to cut costs, and keep life-cycle CO2 emissions to a minimum, Chrysler plans to build the PeaPod in exisiting factories located as close to its key markets as possible. Depending on the success of the launch, company boss Bob Nardelli has hinted that similar technology could be used in mainstream Chrysler models in the future.
The competition is likely to keep a close eye on the reception for the PeaPod, especially given its potential niche appeal as a quirky and (fairly) affordable EV for urban use.
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