Louis Rhodes was born August 31, 1960 at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital in Michigan. He is an American automobile industry employee at Chrysler LLC as the director of design engineering and was appointed as the president of ENVI on September 13, 2007. Louis Rhodes has been in charge of various projects as the ME four-twelve, Chrysler Group’s Minivan Stow’n Go Seating, and the electric-drive vehicle Chrysler LLC organization called ENVI.
Chrysler is one of the "Big Three" automobile manufacturers in the United States, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The original Chrysler Corporation was founded in 1925 by Walter Chrysler from the remains of the Maxwell Motor Company. In 1998, it was acquired by Daimler-Benz, and the holding company was renamed DaimlerChrysler. After Daimler divested Chrysler in 2007, the company existed as Chrysler LLC (2007–2009) and Chrysler Group LLC (2009–2014) before merging in 2014 with Italian holding company Fiat S.p.A. and becoming a subsidiary of its successor Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. In addition to the Chrysler brand, FCA sells vehicles worldwide under the Dodge, Jeep, and Ram nameplates. Furthermore, the subsidiary includes Mopar, its automotive parts and accessories division, and SRT, its performance automobile division.
Louis Rhodes graduated from Western Michigan University in 1983 with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. After graduating from WMU, Louis was appointed as the senior release engineer at General Motors until 1986. He was then employed from 1986 until 1987 as an engineering manager at Boeing Aircraft Company. Then from 1987 until 1993 Louis was the director of CAD/CAE services at MSX International. Since leaving MSX International in 1993, Louis Rhodes has been employed at Chrysler. He has held positions within the product engineering and product design organizations and has also been the director of advanced vehicle concepts and innovation group.
Western Michigan University (WMU) is a public research university in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. The university was established in 1903 by Dwight B. Waldo. Its enrollment, as of the Fall 2016 semester, was 23,252.
General Motors Company, commonly referred to as General Motors (GM), is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Detroit that designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes vehicles and vehicle parts, and sells financial services, with global headquarters in Detroit's Renaissance Center. It was originally founded by William C. Durant on September 16, 1908 as a holding company. The company is the largest American automobile manufacturer, and one of the world's largest. As of 2018, General Motors is ranked #10 on the Fortune 500 rankings of the largest United States corporations by total revenue. GM is incorporated in Delaware.
One of Louis Rhodes’s large projects as Chrysler group’s chief design engineer was working on the ME Four-Twelve car . Louis Rhodes worked in conjunction with Trevor Creed and Wolfgang Bernhard on the project with an emphasis of keeping it a secret. In the efforts of secrecy, Louis only involved a few suppliers and had various code names for the car so that they could pinpoint if anyone leaked information. This high performance car was unveiled at the 2004 Detroit auto show after it merely being an idea 12 months prior. The ME Four-Twelve is made of aluminum honeycomb covered in carbon fiber panels, and can go from 0-to-60 mph in only 2.9 seconds. Additionally this car has a top speed of 248 mph (399 km/h) and 850 horsepower (630 kW).
The ME Four-Twelve is an American high-performance concept car engineered, developed and produced by Chrysler in 2004. The name is a combination of the Mid-Engine with Four turbochargers on a Twelve-cylinder engine.
Louis Rhodes is also responsible for the creation of Stow ’n Go seating in the Chrysler Town & Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan minivans. Stow ’n Go seating became known to be a reality after Louis Rhodes and his son, Jon Rhodes, had been tinkering with an Erector Set in their kitchen . Stow ’n Go seating was revolutionary because while fold on to the floor seating was the new option to be offered in minivans, Stow ’n Go seating allows the second and third-rows of seats to fold in to the floor . For this revolutionary idea, Louis Rhodes received first place for the 2005 Walter P Chrysler Technology Award for U.S Patent NO 6,955,386 issued October 18, 2005 “underfloor stowage of a folding seat in a vehicle".
Most recent is Louis Rhodes’s appointment to the president of ENVI on September 13, 2007 . ENVI is Chrysler’s vehicle development initiative that is focused on being environmentally responsible. The mission of ENVI is to design and produce Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles that use pure electric or hybrid powertrains . At the 2008 North American International Auto Show Chrysler LLC unveiled three environmentally friendly concept vehicles. The vehicles shown were the Chrysler ecoVoyager that would be powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, The Jeep Renegade with a Bluetec diesel, and the Dodge ZEO would be an electric-only vehicle powered by a 64 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery.
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