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Chrysler Group Launches Vital Second Phase of PHEV Minivan Project

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. April 25, 2012

  • Three plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEVs) delivered to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) as part of demonstration project by Chrysler Group LLC
  • 25 plug-in hybrid Chrysler Town & Country minivans now in service
  • Vehicles developed in partnership with U.S. Department of Energy
  • PHEVs will be used to evaluate city drive cycles, thermal and charging performance, fuel economy and real-world performance

The data-collection phase of Chrysler Group LLC’s plug-in hybrid minivan project begins in earnest with the completion of the demonstration fleet’s deployment.

Three plug-in hybrid-electric Chrysler Town & Country minivans went into service today with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), bringing to 25 the total number of such vehicles on American roads.

Abdullah Bazzi

The plug-in hybrids will be subjected to "temperature extremes and variations of drive cycles," Bazzi said, adding resulting data will shed light on customer acceptance of the technology and its impact on the grid.

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Two additional plug-in hybrid minivans will be retained by Chrysler Group engineers. One of those vehicles will be subject to a short-duration test by Argonne National Laboratory.

$10 million

Each plug-in hybrid Town & Country is equipped with an E85-compatible 3.6L Pentastar engine mated to a front-wheel-drive, two-mode hybrid transmission.

It also is powered by a liquid-cooled 12.1 KWhr lithium-ion battery that affords a total output of 290 horsepower and a range of 700-miles. Charge times are two-to-four hours at 220 volts with a "Level 2" charge cord unit, and eight-to-15 hours at 110 volts with a "Level 1" charge unit.

The vehicle’s hybrid system does not require charging.

A fleet of plug-in hybrid Ram pickups also is being evaluated as part of a wider project.

Chrysler Group dominates the minivan market, selling 13.4 million units globally since inventing the segment in 1983.

About Chrysler Group LLC

Walter P. Chrysler

Auburn Hills, Mich.

About SMUD

Sacramento County Placer County

Sacramento California



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