Doug Quigley, Chrysler’s ENVI, at the 2009 Chicago auto show

ENVI- ENVISION

Doug Quigley, engineering executive director of Chrysler’s Envi team talked to me at the 2009 Chicago auto show about Chrysler’s ENVI program.

Chrysler has been watching the electric press General Motors has received from it’s Chevy Volt and Cadillac Converj. It only made sense that Chrysler would put the spotlight on the electric vehicles they plan to make.

Quigley explains the difference between Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), electric vehicles (EV) and Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV). Chrysler has shown pure electric or E-REV vehicles: the Dodge Circuit, the Chrysler 200C, the Jeep Patriot EV, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EV, and the Chrysler Town & Country EV.

Of course, just like General Motors, these vehicles depend on Chrysler being a viable entity to get a loan known as the federal bailout. Then both companies will also get part of the $25 billion DOE advanced technology money.

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.