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I like it and probably will buy one especially if it's under 40K.
I'd buy one in a heartbeat if it was under $40k. I doubt it will be anywhere near that price though if it ever makes it to production.

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More pictures of the EV

The car is much better looking in person than either it or the Europa is in pictures. The interior looks to be straight out of the Elise SC California edition. It looks very nice. No back seats in EV. The back end is stuffed full of motor and batteries. It is a sub-4 second 0-60 car, though. It appears to be faster than the Tesla and without benefit of a two-speed transmission.
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Roger Becker & Lou Rhodes

Roger (on the right) is the Director of Vehicle Engineering at Lotus Engineering and Lou is the Chrysler Chief Engineer on the EV project.
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...great pictures, thanks for posting them...

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its 5x112 I think, the same as Tesla and Europa.
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Great photos! And it seems that, like the Europa, much better in person than in photos!

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No back seats in the Europa either
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Nice. I always thought the Europa looked a lot better in person. I would be interested in the new Dodge EV

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Hmm... 5 lug wheels, if hub parts are compatible it would open up a lot more wheels choices on our elises and exiges...

The VX220 and Opel Speedster also use the 5-lug hubs...same as the Tesla I believe. I'm not sure if the Europa uses the same ones, or not.

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It would have been nice if there was a heads up as to this car showing up there. I may have gone to see it. O-well
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I don't think any of us on the Lotus side knew it was coming. The Chrysler folks were surprised, and a little concerned, to see us all there. Just a nice coincidence.

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Nice. I always thought the Europa looked a lot better in person. I would be interested in the new Dodge EV
I would be interested too if the price was less than $50K. Exciting times for ev's hope it becomes reality.
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Here it is........

Dodge Circuit EV Revs Up Chrysler's Electric Initiative - 2009 Detroit Auto Show

I have to say that while I never liked the Europa as a Lotus, I think that it looks great as a Dodge. OK maybe great is too much but at least it looks like it was always supposed to be a Dodge.
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...i understand that active cooling systems are required for high-performance EV battery packs and motors, but do they really require the massive intakes seen on the tesla roadster and dodge circuit?..at least the tesla toned down its side scoops to a pair of modest NACA ducts, but it seems to me that dressing up in air-gulping internal combustion drag is a rather ridiculous design exercise which will date these second-generation electric cars terribly, one which the EV1 never felt compelled to lean upon...

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...m..., Ever set a modern laptop computer on your lap for very long? They get hot! (Also notice manufacturers do not refer to them as "laptop" computers any more due to that fact.) Those battery packs get pretty hot. Hot enough to explode and catch fire of not properly controlled as Sony and Dell found out.

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Man, that Dodge grill is HIDEOUS. If they didn't have to go and do that, this would be one of the best looking cars on the road.
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I kind of like it.

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...the a-pillar wants to be painted body-color to match that grille, come on, it's a dodge...

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Hmmm, the Europa has largely been criticized as an ugly car in Europe, yet people act like the Dodge cross-hair grill that was added somehow defaced a classic art painting.

It did not change the look of the car that much, In my opinion. Whats even more funny is people complaining that Chrysler just rebadged a Lotus. They complain if they design the car, they complain if they buy the design. No winning it seems...

I like it, and if it means more production volume for Lotus, how is that bad?
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