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USA: Plugged In: Chrysler PHEV Minivan Project Enters Real-World Testing Phase

Chrysler’s plug-in hybrid-electric minivans are now ready for the real world, following an engineering and development stage. Three PHEV minivans have reported for duty at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, where they’ll enter the data-collection phase.
The PHEV Chrysler Town & Country minivans will be evaluated on real-world performance, meaning that each one will be subjected to “temperature extremes and variations of drive cycles,” said Abdullah Bazzi, senior manager of Chrysler Group’s advanced hybrid vehicle project. The data collected will help Chrysler get a better idea on customer acceptance of the technology and its impact on the grid.
A total of 25 PHEV Town & Country minivans are now in service, spread throughout Arizona, North Carolina, and Michigan. Each front-drive minivan is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar engine that’s paired with a two-mode hybrid transmission that also works in combination with a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery to crank out 290 hp. Range is said to be 700 miles, and the minivans can be charged in as little as two to four hours with a 220-volt Level 2 charge cord or eight to 15 hours with a 110-volt Level 1 charge cord.


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