Combining sporty muscle car looks and lean, mean, electric might is Dodge's newest concept, the ZEO electric car. Designed as Dodge's performance vehicle of the future, ZEO stands for Zero Emissions Operations. With a lithium-ion battery pack powering ZEO's 250-kilowatt motor, Dodge claims it has the ability to travel almost 250 miles on a single charge.
Introduced at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, ZEO was built for a customer base Dodge refers to as environmentally-conscious driving enthusiasts with a need for speed. The all-aluminum coupe rides on 23-inch wheels, has a distinctive LED-lit grille, LED-trimmed cabin and scissor-style doors. With a claimed 250 horsepower on tap, Dodge projects a sub-six second 0-60 mph time.
Dodge ZEO Concept
Though less ambitious technically, ZEO's drivetrain relies on the same breakthrough in battery technology as Chevrolet's Volt concept: lithium ion. Introduced at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, Volt features a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that relies heavily on lithium-ion technology. Lithium-ion batteries can currently be found in portable electronic devices like laptop computers, but have proven unreliable in harsh, extreme temperature environment conditions like those under the hood of a car.
The 2+2 sport coupe rides on a 109.9-inch wheelbase. It measures in at 172.8 inches long, 68.6 inches wide, and 50.8 inches high. Although Dodge has no plans for a production-model ZEO, it claimed the public will see shades of the concept in the design of future products.