Prior to going into government sponsored bankruptcy, Chrysler had displayed several electric car concepts including a 200C extended range electric vehicle and a 2 seat electric roadster.

Since re-emerging as property of Italy's Fiat corp, plans for those Chrysler electric cars have been in limbo, and the so-called ENVI program all but dead.

Apparently that's about to change.

Bloomberg is reporting information gleaned from anonymous sources that Chrysler will be unveiling an electric version of the Fiat 500 at the Detroit Auto Show next month.

,Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne was quoted as saying his company plans to sell over 50,000 electric vehicles per year by 2014.

The 500 is already a popular subcompact car in Europe, and a gas version is expected to go on sale in the US next year.

What Chrysler's plan for the Fiat 500 EV is remains unknown at this time.

Source (Bloomberg)