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Published: Tuesday, 7/15/2008

Chrysler electric car could be years away

DETROIT Chrysler LLC s answer to the much-anticipated Chevrolet Volt could be three to five years away, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The Auburn Hills, Mich., automaker launched a special division within the company last fall called ENVI pronounced like envy to bring electric-drive vehicles and related advanced-propulsion technologies to market.

ENVI is currently developing electric vehicles for the three Chrysler brands and is planning on product within three to five years, Nick Cappa, a Chrysler spokesman, said in an e-mail. General Motors Corp. has promised a breakthrough electric-drive vehicle commonly referred to as a plug-in hybrid called the Chevy Volt by 2010.

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