By Drew Johnson
Monday, Jan 5th, 2009 @ 6:57 pm
 
Chrysler may be struggling through one of the most serious financial situations of the company's long and illustrious history, but that isn't stopping the Michigan automaker from moving full speed ahead on its electric vehicle plans.



Last September Chrysler unveiled a trio of electric and hybrid concept vehicles, but a new report indicates those Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep models were more than just a pipe dream for the struggling automaker.

According to Automotive News, Chrysler will unveil updated versions Chrysler EV, Dodge EV and Jeep EV at this month's Detroit Auto Show. As you may recall, the Chrysler EV and Jeep EV used gasoline and electric motors - much in the same way as the 2010 Chevrolet Volt - while the Dodge EV used electric power only.

Of the three, the Dodge EV is believed to have the best chance of making production. Chrysler has indicated that it plans to have an electric vehicle to market by 2010, with the Lotus-based Dodge EV giving the automaker the best plug and play shot of reaching that goal. Our spy photographers recently spotted a prototype of the Dodge EV out testing with the brand's corporate face, so it's highly possible we'll see the "˜cross-hair' treatment at this month's show.