The Chrysler ecoVoyager fuel cell concept vehicle was unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show on January 14.
The four-passenger, four-door hydrogen concept Chrysler ecoVoyager embodies bold design coupled with the latest advances in fuel cell and hybrid technologies.
The ecology-minded zero emissions ecoVoyager uses a 45 kw fuel cell stack and 268 hp (200 kw) electric motor “Range-extended Electric Vehicle technology” to deliver the vehicle 300 miles before refueling. According to Chrysler, the ecoVoyager is able to travel the first 40 miles on the 16 kw lithium-ion battery pack alone before needing an assist from the fuel cell stack and 10,000 psi hydrogen tanks.
The Chrysler ecoVoyager also uses regenerative braking to recharge the battery pack that is situated, along with the fuel cell powertrain, below in the skateboard chassis design. This design leaves a roomy interior for driver and passengers alike.
The Chrysler ecoVoyager is no wuss, either as it can motivate from 0 – 60 mph less than 8 seconds with a top speed of 115 mph. Chrysler is also boasting that the ecoVoyager can run the quarter mile in just 12.9 seconds, but seeing is believing on this statistic, so we’ll just have to wait and see if the automaker can put its money where its mouth is at.
The Chrysler ecoVoyager features panoramic glass for increased visibility and includes a twin sunroof. The engineers of the Chrysler ecoVoyager moved the front wheels forward in the concept auto to increase the passenger legroom.
The interior features gauges the driver can see over the steering wheel rather than through it, three camera images of the world outside the vehicle, and the rear seat passengers can enjoy a movie without disturbing the driver because of direct sound technology. Each of the four bucket seats in the ecoVoyager is contoured for personalized comfort.
The Chrysler ecoVoyager is just as the name sounds. It’s a glimpse of an ecologically-minded auto for family road trips and other adventures in the future.