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Detroit 2009: Dodge Circuit EV, now with cross-hairs



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In spite of the large Dodge EV branding that was on this car when it first appeared last fall, it was obvious to all that it was simply a Lotus Europa. In spite of Chrysler's seemingly inexorable drive to insolvency in recent months, the engineers and designers in Auburn Hills have continued to try make the best use of the time they have left with a paycheck. The electric sports car now known as the Circuit EV has been the beneficiary of cross-hair nose job that is actually an improvement over the Lotus original. The tail has also been revamped and the plug socket has moved from the passenger side to the driver's side flank.

The specs haven't changed so the Circuit is still a bit slower than a Tesla Roadster with a 0-60 time of under 5 seconds. The range is also estimated at 150-200 miles. It's anyone's guess what the real world range would be though since no one outside Chrysler or Lotus has thoroughly tested the Circuit yet. The other guess is whether Chrysler LLC will be around long enough to actually sell the Circuit to customers. Maybe we should start a pool to see which company will hold longer, Chrysler or Tesla?

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It's actually a Lotus Europa with slight changes to the bodywork to make it look more Dodge-like. On the previous iteration of this concept car, all they did was change the Lotus badges to Dodge Badges. This one looks slightly improved and a little more refined as a concept.

It's too bad these electric cars are not hitting market fast enough.
 

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How a company that saying to be in trouble because of the recession...can do some low sale model like this one...they don'T deserve any help. The car itself is nice and tio achieve 0-60 under 5sec...it will be a bomb...again too expensive for most people "IN RECESSION TIME" haha I still don't understand their choice.
 

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I think they are trying to prove to car guys, that electric cars can be sporty and performance oriented. Not just a hyper mile Prius, plain jane transportation.
 

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I think they are trying to prove to car guys, that electric cars can be sporty and performance oriented. Not just a hyper mile Prius, plain jane transportation.
+1.........But, these cars are too expensive for the avg "Joe the plummer". American manufuacturers need to be focusing on what they can sell RIGHT NOW, until they get out of the crapper. I think that other methods of propulsion for automobiles is inevitable, but Dodge has to figure out what will bring in money this year, because they may not be here next year.



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