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Fiat pulls the plug on Chrysler's ENVI electric car program

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Fiat, reportedly aghast at the horrific condition of its newly acquired U.S. subsidiary, decided to pull the plug on the speculative but exciting effort to add some green to Chrysler.
 

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Chrysler spokespeople have stated that some electric and high-efficiency vehicle development will continue at the company. But it appears that Fiat has ripped the guts out of the core electric vehicle programs, says Edmunds.com's Green Car Advisor blog. Most notably, Chrysler's ENVI group, created in 2007 to build design lines of electric vehicles for all three Chrysler brands, has been broken up.

The Dodge Circuit, a hot-little two seat electric sportster designed to compete with cars from Tesla and Fiskar, has been axed, says Greentech Media. Efforts to make a fleet of over 100 types of electric and hybrid cars have been halted. So what's likely to remain? A few high-efficiency hybrid Fiat models and maybe an electric delivery van for the U.S. market.

Real bummer.  ENVI was working on an electric minivan and Jeep, but it sounds like those have been scrapped too.
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 Just got this link:http://gas2.org/2009/11/20/aptera-troubles-get-the-full-inside-story-here/  I was just VERY lucky to get one of the last electric vehicles in CA. of the 1993 import business in Sacramento, CA.    I am beginning to wonder if I want to even continue in this transportation business as a customer looking so hard for a 3-wheel car or scooter.  Almost every day I read about a certain EV company being so fraught with bankruptcies and delays in their history.
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