Chrysler has announced a new organisation called ENVI responsible for developing electric-drive vehicles and related advanced-propulsion technologies.

The unit is headed by Lou Rhodes reporting to Frank Klegon, executive vice president – product development, Chrysler, and Simon Boag, executive vice president – procurement and supply, who will serve as co-chairs of ENVI.

Chrysler chairman and CEO Robert Nardelli said: “ENVI will develop electric-propulsion vehicles that will provide customers with more fuel-efficient vehicle options.”

Rhodes previously was director – advance vehicle concepts and innovation.

ENVI will be located within the Chrysler Technology Centre in Auburn Hills, and will be comprised of a team of specialists in engineering, portfolio management, modular architecture, manufacturing, and procurement and supply.

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“ENVI will operate as a ‘start-up’ with an entrepreneurial environment,” said Chrylse president Tom LaSorda.