With gas-guzzling brands such as Jeep and Dodge, Chrysler has had a particularly hard time selling its cars to weary consumers, but it turns out that the company has three forward-thinking models headed to a showroom near you.

Chrysler plans to sell either its all-electric sports car or one of two plug-in hybrid models sometime in 2010.

Rivals Toyota and GM also plan to release plug-in hybrid cars in 2010.

AP via Google:

The Dodge sports car is completely electric and based on Lotus Europa underpinnings, but the Jeep Wrangler and Chrysler minivan models will be extended-range vehicles similar to the Volt, which GM has said will go on sale in November 2010.

Like the Volt, the Wrangler and minivan plug into a standard wall outlet and can go 40 miles on battery power alone, but then a small gasoline engine kicks in to recharge the batteries. Chrysler said its vehicles will be able to travel up to 400 miles on 8 gallons of gas.

Chrysler wouldn’t reveal pricing, but GM’s Volt is expected to cost $30,000 to $40,000 initially, far more expensive than most conventional cars. Chrysler officials said they hope to drive down the cost as more vehicles are sold.

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