AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Will Chrysler do an EV with Tata?

September 18th, 2008 at 12:58pm

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Could Chrysler end up doing an electric car with Tata out of India?

Did you know that Chrysler owns an electric car company? It’s called Global Electric Motorcars, or GEM for short. And recently, Chrysler combined GEM with its in-house operations to develop electric and hybrid drive systems, which it calls ENVI, spelled E.N.V.I.

Chrysler sells neighborhood electric cars, made by GEM, throughout the United States, parts of South America and in France, and it wants to expand that to other places around the world. In fact, Chrysler is in discussions with Tata to do some cross-sharing of resources.

Recently on Autoline, Tom LaSorda, the vice chairman of Chrysler said they would love to do an electric city car, and that gets me wondering. Wouldn’t Tata be a perfect partner for doing an inexpensive electric city car with Chrysler?

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