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Hybrid Car Review: DaimlerChrysler Plug-In Hybrid Dodge Sprinter

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

DaimlerChrysler Plug-In Hybrid Dodge Sprinter

DaimlerChrylser is releasing 20 plug-in hybrid Dodge Sprinter vehicles for testing. Up to 20 of the all new 2007 Dodge Sprinter are being delivered in the United States between now and the first quarter of 2008 as part of a test-fleet program. Four of the vehicles, built on the previous- generation Dodge Sprinter, already are in operation with customers.

Some of the new plug-in hybrids will be coupled with diesel, an industry first according to DaimlerChrysler. The diesel hybrids will yield the best fuel economy.

The plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) from Dodge can run for up to 20 miles on electric power alone. Either the driver can manually switch to all electric power, or the internal system can dynamically control the switchover.

DaimlerChrysler believes PHEVs are uniquely suited for industry work, since the vans can be returned to their home base after each shift to be plugged in once again.

"For plug-in hybrid technology to move forward, a dramatic leap in battery technology is necessary," Chrysler group Vice President Mark Chernoby said. "The energy storage systems in the Dodge Sprinter (plug-in hybrid) concept fleet will provide valuable field experience on the possibilities with lithium-ion batteries."

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