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Detroit show: Dodge Zeo

Preaching the creed: Chrysler design chief Trevor Creed presents the Dodge Zeo at the Detroit motor show.

All-electric sports car does 0-100km/h in six seconds

Dodge logo21 Jan 2008

DODGE presented a sporty take on an all-electric vehicle called the ZEO at the Detroit auto show.

The name is an acronym for Zero Emissions Operation and refers to the vehicle’s electric powertrain.

Fed by a lithium-ion battery pack, the ZEO uses a 200kW motor that feeds the rear wheels for a sporty driving experience.

The ZEO is a four seater, in 2+2 format, with Dodge designers admitting they put more of an emphasis on style rather than practicality.

41 center imageDodge claims the ZEO, which uses regenerative braking to top up its battery, has a range of 402km. It can also dash from 0-100km/h in around six seconds and reach a top speed of 209km/h.

The ZEO is officially a sports wagon, but looks more like a red-hot sports coupe. Whopping 23-inch wheels at each corner dominate the design, along with bright yellow paintwork and Lamborghini-style scissor doors.

It also features a Dodge ‘crosshair’ grille that is illuminated at night. “The lit crossbar grille is designed to communicate the use of electricity as the ZEO’s power source,” said principal exterior designer Bill Zheng.

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