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Chrysler to deliver two more fleets of Ram PHEVs

by Bill Cawthon on

Tomorrow morning, Abdullah Bazzi, senior manager of Chrysler’s advanced hybrid vehicle project, will deliver five Ram 1500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) to Central Hudson Gas & Electric and National Grid officials at National Grid’s headquarters in Albany, New York.

Chrysler has announced it also will be providing ten Ram 1500 PHEV pickups to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Excited about being selected to test these vehicles, Jon Davis, MBTA acting general manager said, “We are underway with a three-year educational opportunity to better understand the benefits of advanced technology and the importance of supporting smart energy saving investments.”

“Cities have been carefully selected to help the Chrysler Group LLC collect a wide range of data,” explained Abdullah Bazzi, senior manager of Chrysler’s advanced hybrid vehicle project. “Boston offers heavy traffic and urban driving that are ideal city test cycles. The constant charging will allow us to measure the impact on battery life and charging efficiency.”

Developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Ram PHEVs are part of a project national demonstration fleet of 140 vehicles that will be used over the next three years to evaluate customer usage, drive cycles, charging, thermal management, fuel economy, emissions and impact on the region’s electric grid. In addition to MBTA, eight other partners across the United States are slated to receive vehicles for demonstration and testing purposes. Deliveries have already been made to the cities of Yuma, Arizona, San Francisco, California, and Duke Energy, a private utility company in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Strictly a demonstration program, there are no plans for a production version of the PHEV Ram 1500 truck at this time.

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, 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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