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Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept

Mon, 26 Nov 2007

The third eco-friendly concept Chrysler will be unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show in January will be this ecoVoyager show car, a four-door, four-passenger vehicle. Like the Ford Airstream concept unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show last year, this concept explores the potential of maximizing interior space through employing an electric powertrain mated to an environmentally-friendly hydrogen fuel-cell.

Overall the exterior design of the ecoVoyager appears fairly conventional. At the front, stacked headlamps flank the familiar egg-crate grille while the sweeping character lines add an athletic look. The teardrop DLO is devoid of a B-pillar, adding an air of elegance to the profile, while the rear end pays homage to the Nassau showcar revealed by Chrysler at last year's Detroit Auto Show. The lower portion of the tapering back light is pulled rearward, a treatment echoed in the tapered bumper facia surfacing below the hatch opening, and the concept also features roof-mounted windows.

Measuring 4856mm long and 1915mm wide, the ecoVoyager is 159mm shorter and 35mm wider than the 300C but is 125mm taller, at 1600mm. Its 2946mm wheelbase is also 104mm shorter, but the one-box design is claimed to have a space advantage over conventional powertrain setups as its lithium-ion battery pack resides under the floor. The combination of these batteries and a small hydrogen fuel-cell is claimed to enable the vehicle to travel more than 300 miles while emitting zero emissions.

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