February 19, 2009 , Geneva - The Dodge Circuit EV prototype displays bold exterior and interior styling with outstanding performance, zero gasoline consumption and zero tailpipe emissions.

The Dodge Circuit EV design screams pure sports car from every angle. The Dodge Circuit EV’s profile demonstrates perfect proportions for balanced handling, placing the driver and passenger midway along the wheelbase. At the front of the vehicle, the distinctive Dodge crosshair grille splits the wind, sending it over the long, low hood and cleanly over the windshield and cockpit. The body sides feature a deep scallop, providing visual depth and also a functional rear-brake air duct. At the rear, the functional elements blend with design to create a uniform finish.

“The exterior styling of the Dodge Circuit EV mates bold Dodge styling to the no-compromise performance attributes of an all-electric performance sports car,” said Ralph Gilles, Vice President – Design, Chrysler LLC. “The Dodge Circuit EV offers an extremely fun-to-drive, expressive sports car without fuel consumption and with virtually no impact on the environment.”

The Dodge Circuit EV is adorned in all-new “Tangoreen” exterior color, wearing large “EV” graphics on both sides of the sports car.

The uncomplicated interior of the Dodge Circuit EV delivers a combination of pure function and athletic refinement. The cockpit design puts complete control of the car at the driver’s fingertips. Nestled within a leather-covered instrument cluster are two primary analog-face gauges. A digital display conveys information regarding the electric-drive system.

The seats feature deep bolsters and are covered in premium leather. The same premium leather covers the center console and the width of the instrument panel.

The Dodge Circuit EV delivers all of the convenience features of a performance sports car, including premium sound system, power windows and door locks, air conditioning and speed control.

Propelled by a completely electric ENVI drivetrain, the Dodge Circuit EV posts impressive performance numbers: 

  • 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) in less than 5 seconds 
  • 402 meters (¼-mile) in 13 seconds 
  • Top speed of more than 193 km/h (120 mph)

Perhaps the most impressive Dodge Circuit EV number, however, is zero. That’s how much gasoline the vehicle consumes while providing exhilarating sports car performance. It’s also how much tailpipe emissions are produced.

The Dodge Circuit EV utilizes just three powertrain components. These include a 200 kW (268 horsepower) electric motor to drive the wheels, an advanced lithium-ion battery system to power the electric-drive motor, and a controller that manages energy flow.

Working with the latest advanced lithium-ion battery technology, the Dodge Circuit EV has a driving range of 241 to 322 kilometers (150 to 200 miles) between charges – more than triple the average daily commute of most consumers. Recharging the vehicle is a simple one-step process: plugging into a standard 110-volt household outlet. The recharge time can be cut in half by using a typical 220-volt household appliance power outlet.

The Dodge Circuit EV offers driving enthusiasts a performance sports car that can be driven to work every day – without consuming gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions.

Dodge Circuit EV Vehicle Specifications

Vehicle Type                         Battery Electric Vehicle, two-passenger performance coupe
 
Weight and Dimensions
Length                                     3900 mm / 153.5 inches
Width                                       1714 mm / 67.5 inches
Height                                      1150 mm / 45.3 inches
Wheelbase                              2330 mm / 91.7 inches
Track front                               1457 mm / 57.4 inches
Track rear                               1490 mm / 58.7 inches
Turn circle                               11.6 m / 38.0 feet
 
Powertrain and Suspension
Layout                                     Rear-wheel drive
Motor                                       Power: 200 kW (268 hp)
                                                Regenerative braking
Battery                                     Lithium-ion battery
Suspension                             Front – independent
                                                Rear – independent
 
Wheels and Tires
Tire size front                          P195 / 45ZR17      607 mm / 23.9 inches
Tire size rear                           P235 / 40ZR18      645 mm / 25.4 inches
 
Color Scheme
Exterior                                    Tangoreen
Interior                                     Black leather with Satin Silver accents
 
Key Performance Attributes
0-100 km/h (0-60 mph)           Less than 5 seconds
Standing 402 m (¼-mile)        Low-13 seconds
Top speed                               Greater than 193 km/h (120 mph)
All-electric range                   241-322 km (150-200 miles)