Chrysler LLC has not given up on the sports car dream. With the Dodge Circuit EV the company is starting from scratch in trying to understand what the demands of the future luxury street racer are without entirely letting go of its sporting past. Based on the Lotus Europa the Dodge Circuit EV features styling inspired by the powerful Dodge Viper with its distinctive crosshair grille, wide track and low hood.
But what makes the car very special is its powertrain. “The Dodge Circuit EV offers an extremely fun-to-drive, expressive sports car without fuel consumption and with virtually no impact on the environment,” said Ralph Gilles, Vice President – Design, Chrysler LLC.
Gilles’ statement is supported by a completely electric ENVI drivetrain. It produces 268hp (200kW) for driving the wheels and utilises an advanced lithium-ion battery system to power the electric-drive motor. A controller then manages energy flow. Zero to 60mph is covered in under 5 seconds, the quarter mile in 13 seconds and top speed is 120mph. All that with no greenhouse gas emissions at all.
The Dodge Circuit EV will be able to cover between 150 – 200 miles (240km – 322km) before needing a recharge. That recharge can be performed at any standard 110-volt household plug and charging time would be cut in half if done at a 220-volt outlet.