Chrysler Group launches second phase of PHEV minivan project

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Three plug-in hybrid-electric Chrysler Town & Country minivans ( earlier post ) went into service with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), bringing to 25 the total number of such vehicles on US roads. With this completion of the demonstration fleet’s deployment, the second, data-collection phase of Chrysler Group LLC’s plug-in hybrid minivan project now begins. Components of the flex-fuel PHEV minivan.

First Chrysler Plug-In Hybrid Minivans Delivered For Testing

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There's likely a huge market demand for higher-mileage minivans and wagons, but so far, the 2012 Toyota Prius V is the sole entry that gets more than 40 mpg in EPA testing. So the news that Chrysler delivered four plug-in hybrid versions of its Town & Country minivan to the city of Auburn Hills, Michigan, is tantalizing to families who want to

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2012 Toyota Prius V Station Wagon/Minivan: Arrives This Fall

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There's nothing like a story translated from overseas media, concerning a related but not-quite-the-same model of a new hybrid car, to get people all in an uproar. So here's the real deal on the 2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon/minivan: It will still arrive in U.S. dealerships this fall. That's the official word from Toyota Motor Sales, which

Nissan’s New Japanese Minivan Uses Brakes To Power Electronics

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In hybrid and electric cars, regenerative braking systems are used to convert kinetic energy into electrical energy under braking, slowing the car down and improving gas mileage or all-electric range. But Nissan’s latest iteration of the Japanese-market Serena minivan uses regenerative braking technology as a way to eke out extra gas mileage

Chrysler launches plug-in hybrid minivan project

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Chrysler has increased its efforts with plug-in hybrid technology after launching the second phase of a demonstration fleet deployment project. As part of the project it has sent three plug-in hybrid Chrysler Town & Country minivans (pictured) to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District – meaning there are now 25 of these plug-in hybrid minivans on [.]. Chrysler Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news Chrysler Town & Country green cars plug-in hybrid

2012 Toyota Prius Minivan: Better Images From Japan, Via Italy!

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Toyota announced a year ago that it would apply the Prius model name not only to the current five-door hatchback, but to other hybrid vehicles as well. The first of these will be a 2012 Toyota Prius minivan, variously called the Prius Alpha or Prius Verso, though we don't yet know exactly what model name it will carry in the U.S.

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19.7% of new cars sold in May 2012 in Japan were hybrids; Prius and Aqua dominate

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of new cars sold in Japan in May 2012 were hybrid cars, up 11 percentage points from last year. Looking at the different manufacturers, hybrid sales make up 25% of Honda sales in Japan, and a whopping 46% of Toyota sales. Honda’s percentage has actually dropped a little thanks to the success of its kei car minivan, the NBOX. Integrity Exports. 19.7%

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2011 Detroit Auto Show: 2012 Toyota Prius V, Wagon / Minivan

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So the quintessential Prius hybrid is becoming not just a vehicle but a family. At 50 miles per gallon, the 2011 Toyota Prius five-door hatchback is the most fuel-efficient car sold in the U.S. But, says Toyota, its customers told the company they needed more room--for people, for stuff, for stretching out. Its first new member is the Prius V

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Nissan releases Serena S-HYBRID in Japan

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launched the new Serena S-HYBRID in Japan. The Nissan Serena minivan has taken the Nº1 position in minivan sales in Japan for calendar year 2011, fiscal year 2011 and for the first half of calendar year 2012. Serena S-HYBRID. The S-HYBRID (which stands for “smart” and “simple” hybrid) powertrain equipped in the Serena is a simple and compact hybrid system. Serena S-HYBRID achieves best-in-class fuel economy of 15.2 Nissan Motor Co.,

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Electrovaya to supply Li-ion systems to Chrysler for 25 minivan PHEVs in 2-year fleet demo project with DOE

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Components of the flex-fuel PHEV minivan. has signed a contract to supply Chrysler with Lithium Ion SuperPolymer battery systems for 25 Town and Country minivans that will be part of a demonstration fleet of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) that Chrysler Group LLC has developed in partnership with the United States Department of Energy. Electrovaya is both the cell and battery pack supplier for the minivan. The minivan project.

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Cumulative sales of Toyota Motor hybrids top 2M units in Japan, 4.6M worldwide; 1.02M from Jan to Oct.

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Global annual sales of TMC hybrids. Cumulative sales in Japan of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) hybrid vehicles—including plug-in hybrids— reached 2.04 Globally, cumulative sales of TMC-produced hybrid vehicles since the first was launched in 1997 have now topped 4.60 The hybrid model with the next highest cumulative sales is the Camry (317,200)—6.9% In Japan, TMC produces 15 hybrid passenger car models and one plug-in hybrid vehicle model.

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Worldwide sales of Toyota Motor hybrids top 4M units; Prius family accounts for almost 72%

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Cumulative worldwide sales of TMC hybrids. Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced that global cumulative sales of its hybrid vehicles—passenger car and commercial—topped the 4-million unit mark as of 30 April. The company reached the 3-million mark with its hybrids in February 2011. of cumulative TMC hybrid sales. After the Prius, the second-best selling hybrid for TMC has been the Camry, with 269.6 Annual sales of TMC hybrids, Japan and Overseas.

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Chrysler Town & Country Plug-In Hybrids Now Testing Across U.S.

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Chrysler has completed the roll-out of its small fleet of Town & Country plug-in hybrids, after delivering the first vehicles at the beginning of April. Only 25 of the plug-in minivans have been produced, as part of a two-year test suitability and public reaction to the vehicles. The first four Town & Country plug-in hybrids were delivered

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: Is It The Ideal Modern Family Car?

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In fact, if your family consists of the archetypal two kids, two adults, a dog, and a whole lot of luggage, the chances are you’ve longed for a minivan or crossover SUV-sized car with If you’re a parent, the chances are you’ve had to make the painful choice between everyday practicality and gas mileage when looking at new cars.

Harris Poll: 23% of US car owners say more interested in purchasing a hybrid than one year ago

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Twenty-three percent of US car owners say that their interest in purchasing a hybrid vehicle has increased from a year ago, according to a new Harris Poll. The adoption curve for hybrid vehicles appears to wane with age. Among the alternative fuel choices for new automobile purchases, hybrid (gas/electric) vehicles win out with more than a quarter (26%) of car owners identifying that they will consider this type of alternative fuel vehicle for their next purchase.

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Chrysler Yanks Plug-In Hybrid Test Fleet Off Roads, Will Replace Batteries

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Ask most people about Chrysler's plug-in hybrid prototype program, and you'll get something like, "Huh? Chrysler has plug-in hybrids?" In fact, the company does: 23 minivans and 109 pickup trucks on the roads for almost a year now, all prototypes to test the technology. Today, the company announced it's pulling them all off the roads--"withdrawing

Toyota to increase Highlander output, including hybrid and exports, in Indiana

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Hybrid and export versions will be included. TMMI currently employs 4,800 and builds the Highlander, Sequoia full-size SUV and Sienna minivan. Toyota will increase production of the Highlander mid-size SUV in late 2013 at the company’s Princeton, Ind. plant. The project is expected to create approximately 400 new jobs at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, Inc. TMMI).

Honda Hybrid Concept S: Global People Mover At Beijing Auto Show?

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Honda is taking its turn today, launching concepts for both a sedan and what it calls a "new-value passenger mover," or small minivan. China's auto shows, which alternate between Beijing and Shanghai--just as Frankfurt and Paris alternate in Europe--are already significant global events with dozens of world premieres. Both vehicles had been teased

2013 Ford C-Max

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The 2013 Ford C-Max is the company's first-ever "dedicated hybrid," meaning that there is no gasoline-only version sold in the U.S. This compact five-door hatchback is considered a small minivan in Europe, where it sells with a variety of powertrains, but in the States, it comes in only two versions: a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid with a larger

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Chrysler Group withdraws test PHEV fleet to upgrade battery packs after overheating issues; to use a different chemistry

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On Friday, Chrysler Group LLC announced it was withdrawing from service its test fleet of plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEVs) to conduct a battery-pack upgrade. Three of the fleet’s 109 pickups equipped with plug-in hybrid powertrains sustained damage when their prototype 12.9-kWh lithium-ion propulsion batteries overheated. No similar issues have occurred with 23 plug-in hybrid minivans deployed as part of a parallel project (also with Electrovaya batteries, ( earlier post ).

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I Can’t Drive 55 (MPG)

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fuel efficiency standard will force automakers to use new technologies, develop more hybrid options, and perhaps greatly expand the availability of all-electric vehicles. Makers of SUVs, minivans, crossovers, and pickup trucks get a bit of a break. percent from 2017 to 2012. First, they will continue to develop hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric versions of their vehicles. A newly announced aggressive U.S.

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Now Ford Has A Prius: 2012 C-Max To Go Hybrid-Only

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The upcoming Ford two-row C-Max Hybrid and plug-in C-Max Energi hybrid are still on track, but today Ford says it's canning the planned seven-seat, gas-powered C-Max minivan from its future product plan. The three-row C-Max would have been Ford's first minivan on sale in North America since the Freestar departed its lineup in the mid-2000s.

Electrovaya launches next generation of MN series of Li-ion SuperPolymer cells; claims energy densities exceeding 200 Wh/g

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Electrovaya provided the Li-ion battery packs for Chrysler’s test fleet of plug-in hybrid electric pickups and minivans. Three of the fleet’s 109 pickups equipped with plug-in hybrid powertrains sustained damage when their prototype 12.9-kWh lithium-ion propulsion battery packs overheated. Electrovaya Inc. launched the next generation of its SuperPolymer lithiated manganese oxide-based MN series of cells, first introduced in 2007 ( earlier post ), the “MN-HP Series”.

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2013 Ford C-Max

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The 2013 Ford C-Max is the company's first-ever "dedicated hybrid," meaning that there is no gasoline-only version sold in the U.S. This compact five-door hatchback is considered a small minivan in Europe, where it sells with a variety of powertrains, but in the States, it comes in only two versions: a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid with a larger

Consumer Reports survey shows high fuel costs cause downsizing, less driving; 73% would consider alt fuel vehicle

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The survey, conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, found that car owners were open to different ways of saving at the pump, from downsizing to looking at hybrids, electric cars, or models with diesel engines. In all, 73% of participants said they would consider some type of alternatively fueled vehicle, with flex-fuel and hybrid models leading the way.

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2011 edition of EPA Fuel Economy Trends report shows several advanced powertrain technologies making significant gains

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Hybrids of all types are projected to grow slightly to 4.0% Fuel economy improvements for the hybrid vehicles vary considerably from 5-10% for the larger, luxury hybrid vehicles to more than 40%. With those adjustments, light trucks, which include SUVs, minivans/vans, and pickup trucks, accounted for 36% of all light-duty vehicle sales in MY 2010. Light duty vehicle characteristics for seven model years. Data: EPA. Click to enlarge.

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EPA trends report sees record levels of average new vehicle fuel economy and CO2 emissions for MY 2012; role of new gasoline vehicle technologies

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Average new vehicle CO 2 emissions rate and fuel economy in the US achieved record levels in MY 2012, and have improved in 7 of the last 8 years, according to the newly released Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 - 2013 (the annual “Trends” report) from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The final model year (MY) 2012 adjusted, real world CO 2 emissions rate is 376 g/mi—a 22 g/mi decrease (-5.5%) relative to MY 2011.

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EPA annual report on CO2, fuel economy and technology trends finds 2012 heading for all-time best; rapid adoption of new technologies

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual report summarizing key trends in carbon dioxide emissions, fuel economy, and CO 2 - and fuel economy-related technology for gasoline- and diesel-fueled personal vehicles sold in the United States, from model years (MY) 1975 through 2012. Data for MY 2011 are final; data for MY 2012 are preliminary and based on projected vehicle production values provided to EPA by manufacturers.

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Cumulative worldwide sales of Toyota hybrids top 3M units

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Annual Toyota hybrid sales. Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced global cumulative sales of its hybrid vehicles have topped the 3-million mark, with more than 3.03 In Japan, TMC launched the Coaster Hybrid EV in August 1997 and the Prius in December. Next came the second-generation Prius in 2003 and the expanded use of TMC’s hybrid system on such vehicles as minivans, SUVs, rear-wheel-drive sedans and hatchbacks. Hybrids Sales

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Move Over Ford: Nissan Plans All-Electric Future For NY Taxis

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From the iconic Ford Crown Victoria through to the Ford Escape Hybrids replacing many of them as part of air quality legislature coming into force in 2012, Ford’s relationship with the New York taxi is a long one. But Ford’s chance to electrify the humble New York City taxi with its 2011Transit EV minivan has been snatched away by a

Chrysler Group files S-1 for IPO; snapshot of R&D priorities; exploring a light-duty hydraulic hybrid

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It is focusing its efforts on five areas aimed at reducing fuel consumption and emissions: vehicle energy use (weight, aerodynamics, and rolling resistance); engines; transmissions; axles and drivelines; and hybrid propulsion and alternative fuel technologies. Thermal management technologies not only help reduce fuel consumption, but are an important factor in extending battery range for hybrid electric and all-electric vehicle models.

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Report: Toyota Targeting Production of Approximately 1M Hybrids In 2011, About 2x 2009 Level

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plans to double its global production of hybrid vehicles from the 2009 level to 1 million units in 2011. The automaker recently notified parts suppliers that it intends to roll out about 800,000 hybrids domestically in 2010, with the figure to be raised to around 900,000 in 2011 and roughly 1.1 million in 2012. Toyota currently sells more than 10 hybrids, including dedicated models such as the Prius, Sai and Lexus HS 250h. The Nikkei reported that Toyota Motor Corp.

Chrysler to introduce PHEV models in 2016 and 2017 to meet ZEV requirements; new FCA gasoline engine family coming in 2015

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) Chrysler Brand will launch two plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) over the next several years, said Al Gardner, President and CEO of the Chrysler Brand, during the FCA Investor Day presentations at Auburn Hills, Mi. One will be a PHEV version of the new Chrysler Town & Country minivan to be introduced in 2016; the second will be a PHEV version of a new full-size crossover vehicle to be introduced in 2017. Engines Hybrids Plug-ins

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On the Horizon

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N ow that the number one automaker and the number two automaker has made the commitment to building Plug In hybrid / electric vehicles by 2010, another automotive giant is joining the race. Nissan also expects to sell a lineup of electric vehicles globally by 2012. Mr. Ghosn said Nissan envisioned a broad range of electric vehicles , starting with small cars, and adding: “It’s not only about a small city car or a small minivan.

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No Li, Lithium Will Power SUVs

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If you own a hybrid SUV , there’s a very good chance it has nickel-metal hydride battery. To put the situation into perspective, consider that in 2010 about 97 percent of the worldwide revenues for batteries used in all hybrids and electric vehicles were from sales of nickel-metal hydride batteries. The newly announced plug-in electric and hybrid versions of the Ford C-Max compact minivan will incorporate the new battery technology. Learn more about hybrid batteries.

No Li, Lithium Will Power SUVs

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If you own a hybrid SUV , there’s a very good chance it has nickel-metal hydride battery. To put the situation into perspective, consider that in 2010 about 97 percent of the worldwide revenues for batteries used in all hybrids and electric vehicles were from sales of nickel-metal hydride batteries. The newly announced plug-in electric and hybrid versions of the Ford C-Max compact minivan will incorporate the new battery technology. Learn more about hybrid batteries.

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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About CalCars Plug-In Hybrids FAQ How to Get a PHEV Where PHEVs are Carmakers Say. Our PRIUS+ Project Photos PHEV Resources Global Warming Take Action News and Events Contact Us How Carmakers are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity If you ask, "have major auto-makers come around on PHEVs?", This is from "Commercializing Plug-In Hybrids" (pdf), the current CalCars 24-slide presentation about PHEVs available along with other documents at CalCars Downloads.

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EPA annual trends report finds new vehicle fuel economy at record 24.1 mpg; new powertrain technologies rapidly gaining share

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The Trends report has been published annually since 1975 and covers all passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, minivans, and all but the largest pickup trucks and vans. The final MY 2013 adjusted, real world CO 2 emissions rate for all light-duty gasoline and diesel-fueled vehicles is 369 g/m—a 7 g/mi decrease relative to MY 2012. mpg higher than MY 2012. mpg higher than MY 2012), and for trucks is 19.8

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FPL Group and Duke Energy Pledge 10-year, $600M+ Commitment to Transition Fleets to PHEVs and EVs

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and Duke Energy last week announced a 10-year commitment to transition their company cars and trucks to plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicles. Duke Energy and FPL Group will begin this transition in the coming years with the goal that 100% of all new fleet vehicles will be plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by 2020. Currently, the only near-term options for available PEV supply are sedans, minivans, vans and a few bucket trucks.

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Tennessee, Nissan and TVA forge a path for electric car | www.tennessean.com | The Tennessean

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It would then be offered for public use in 2012, said Brian Carolin, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Nissan North America Inc. Postal Service with a fleet of 250 all-electric Chrysler Town & Country minivans in Michigan, North Carolina and the New York City area beginning later this year. Chevrolet next year will introduce the Volt, a plug-in hybrid electric car. The hybrid is probably the best option.

Harris Interactive survey for Johnson Controls identifies consumer preferences for connected vehicles

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The online survey was conducted December 27-31, 2012 in the United States for Johnson Controls by Harris Interactive among 2,135 adults age 18 and older, of whom: 1,183 own a smartphone; 1,070 use downloaded apps on a weekly basis; and, 1,062 own a smartphone and own/lease a vehicle (i.e., car (small/mid-size/large/luxury), SUV/CUV, pickup, minivan, or hybrid) that they drive on a regular basis.

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Chrysler's first electric car to be two-seat sports car - Apr. 15, 2009

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0:00 / 2:45 Driving the Chevy Volt In total, Chrysler plans to come out with 5 electric car models by 2012. Possibilities include a minivan and an Jeep Wrangler-like off-roader. Further out, a Fiat-based extended range electric compact SUV - which will also be offered as a gasoline-powered vehicle - is planned for early 2012. Other Fiat/Chrysler hybrid and electric cars and SUVs are planned after that.

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Greenlings: Benefits of charging stations vs. battery swaps vs. home charging

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↓ ↑ report 10 Pixls 11:45PM (4/09/2009) well i think, in a perfect world there would be some level of uniformity to the batteries per car of course not all cars would have the same pack, that would be impossible, but perhaps, an SUV pack, a sport pack, minivan pack, and like regular car or something. Of course, EVs that arent designed for battery swaps wont use it, and plug-in hybrids wont need it. for 2012 Featured stories Feed Greenlings: What is regenerative braking?

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