It was no secret to the automotive press that the Dodge EV Concept shown in the summer was nothing more than a Lotus Europa with a new all-electric drivetrain. Still, the Lotus/Dodge EV Concept managed to shake up the car world by outputting near-Viper performance numbers by taking the tried-and-true Lotus formula of low weight with big usable power and putting an emphasis on the power.
The new Circuit EV Concept shown at Detroit has received a nose job and some new rear flanks, making at least some of the bodywork unique to Dodge. The Circuit EV concept retains the 200kW electric motor and is good for a 13 second quarter mile.
Like all the fancy concepts shown at Detroit, though, the Circuit EV will do absolutely nothing good for Chrysler’s bottom line unless we see a form as a production car. Time to get to work!