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Chrysler to present Ram Hybrids to San Francisco for 3-year trial

by Bill Cawthon on

Executives from Chrysler Group will be in San Francisco, California tomorrow morning to present 14 Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles to the city for use in a three-year evaluation program. The city will use the vehicles in routine tasks and real-world driving conditions and report regularly to Chrysler about the driving and charging experiences.

The presentation will take place at Civic Center Plaza at 11:30 AM. On hand will be Edwin M. Lee, San Francisco Mayor, Steve Sokolosky from Calstart, a member-supported organization of more than 140 firms, fleets and agencies worldwide dedicated to supporting a growing high-tech, clean transportation industry, Abdullah Bazzi, Chrysler Senior Manager for the Advanced Hybrid Vehicle Project and Joe Roos, Assistant Vehicle Chief Engineer, Chrysler PHEV.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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