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1992 Dodge Epic

Dodge Epic, 1992
Dodge Epic, 1992
Detroit 1992
Detroit 1992
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Dodge EPIC, or Electric Power Inter-urban Commuter - 1992 concept minivan. Powered by nickel-iron batteries with a range of around 120 miles, the EPIC used the complete TEVan powertrain assembly, in a different package; the windshield was raked more aggressively but the A-pillar was modified to change perceptions of the distance from the door to the cowl. The exterior had sliding doors on each side, presaging the next generation of minivans, and the rear hatch followed a track that hugged the minivan more closely to make cargo loading and unloading easier. The stow-n-go rear seat folded completely into the floor when not used, another feature that would eventually show up in gas-powered minivans (albeit taking longer).

The production version of the ePIC was introduced in July 1997, and leased to government and utility fleets. It was available as a Dodge or Plymouth, and used a 324 volt advanced lead-acid battery pack (nearly twice the voltage of the TEVan). Chrysler did want to use better batteries, but the techology was not yet available. EPICs were all made in Windsor, Ontario.

In 2000, Chrysler's EPIC won two categories in the Tour de Sol - the minivan category and Customer Acceptability. The rally is five days long. About 200 EPICs were being used around the country at the time.
Source: www.allpar.com
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ev for the masses >:~)
Thursday, September 17, 2009
It's always interesting to see manufacturers dabble with petrol-alternatives from this era when the market (or government) wasn't calling for them. Certainly Chrysler was using this vehicle to tout their technological and engineering capabilities. Ironic how now they've now come full-circle taking vehicles of this kind very seriously. Amazing now to think how differently this car could have ended up had it been proposed in the last decade (with newer technology of course).
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