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Dodge Epic (1992)

The Dodge EPIC (Electric Power Inter-urban Commuter) concept minivan begins the thesis for the future design of Chrysler minivans. Its emissions-free electric motor rep[resents Chrysler’s current state of development for electric powered vehicles. Chrysler’s TEVan program is investigating the feasibility for future electric-powered vehicles.

Source: Chrysler Design Public Relations

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.