Sunday, January 11, 2009

Chrysler News:Chrysler 200c EV concept offers social networking capabilities

The Chrysler 200c EV concept vehicle, revealed today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, would offer social networking capabilities that could wirelessly connect drivers to friends in other vehicles.

The vehicle's personalized profile system would interact with Web sites such as Facebook and Twitter, said Frank Klegon, Chrysler's executive vice president of product development. Passengers could surf the Internet, scroll through a library of songs or other media, and find traveling information.

Chrysler's vehicle would be able to travel 40 miles without using gasoline - the same fuel economy General Motors is promising with the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle.

But the heavy emphasis on interior electronics and design illustrates an increasing focus in the industry on combining great design with alternative powertrain technology under the hood.

Klegon said the 200c EV would present a "seamless, harmonious link between the vehicle and the home or your office."...More

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