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Chrysler to release plug-in hybrid RAM pick-up trucks

By Paul Lucas | 16 May 2011

Chrysler will begin delivering its plug-in hybrid RAM pick-up trucks as part of a test truck fleet, later this month.

It will deliver the first 20 of 140 vehicles – 10 to Clark County, Nevada, and 10 to Yuma, Arizona. The pick-up project will be worth $97.4million with the US Department of Energy contributing $40million through Recovery Act funding.


The vehicle itself is a blended plug-in hybrid meaning it doesn’t run exclusively on all-electric power during its charge depletion period. It has an all-electric range of more than 20miles and meets AT-PZEV emission standards with a charge depleting fuel economy of more than 32mpg.

It is equipped with a 345hp, 5.7litre Hemi V8 petrol engine and a two-mode hybrid transmission.

Chrysler also developed a number of its own features for the plug-in hybrid, including: thermal management of the lithium-ion battery system; a powertrain control system to operate within the limits of the lithium-ion battery; a charging system capable of charging up to 7.5kW; an inverter system to support the power panel and vehicle-to-grid power flow; and systems for cold starts, cold drives and electric vehicle drive.

Part of the project will focus on increasing the functionality of charging. From September, Chrysler wants to add support for optimised charging with customer input; and in the same month it will also implement a smart grid interface. A year later, Chrysler will begin testing vehicle-to-grid with reverse power flow, smart grid communications and micro grid development.

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This is probably based on the hybrid technology Chrysler introduced on the Aspen and Durango right before the bankruptcy. :cool:
 
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