Chrysler developing Fiat 500EV for 2012 debut, testing Ram PHEVs |

After going through a very rough patch, Chrysler is slowly on the road to recovery, largely with the help of its new owner, the Fiat group. But while we’ve talked about how Fiat will be helping the US carmaker, now Chrysler has revealed how it will be aiding Fiat in the development of an all-electric Fiat 500EV.

We’ve already seen the 500EV displayed at the Chrysler booth at the Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS), but the first concrete details have been revealed by the Auburn Hills manufacturer. The model is set to be released onto the market in 2012, and will provide the best zero-emission city car money can buy, according to the company.

The electric setup will be comprised of a lithium-ion battery, which powers an electric powertrain of undisclosed capacity (“high power”), and an EV control unit, which will regulate the flow of power sent to the front wheels. All of the research will be made by Chrisler, with more details set to be revealed as we get closer to the release date.

Until then, the carmaker also received a $48 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, in order to create a test fleet of Ram plug-in electric vehicle pick-up trucks. The models will be showcased around the country so that people can see the application of the powertrain technology in everyday life. No word on if it will make it to production, so it all depends on customer reaction to the electric trucks.

Source: Chrysler

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