September 13, 2007 - 12:03 pm EST
Beyond that, the newly independent Chrysler has not said what it might do in the development of fuel cells.
Before Chrysler became part of DaimlerChrysler a decade ago, the company was developing hybrid technology. It produced a diesel-electric version of the Dodge Ram pickup that was tested by utility companies. But the truck was never offered for sale to consumers.
Chrysler also had an active fuel cell program and built several test vehicles. But that work stopped in 2002 when Chrysler closed its Liberty Technical Center. After that, Daimler engineers in Germany were responsible for the company's fuel cell and hybrid activities.
ENVI's mission will be to design vehicles that use pure electric or hybrid powertrains, not to convert existing vehicles, said Chrysler spokesman Nick Cappa. He would not say when Chrysler would display a concept or prototype vehicle.