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Hybrids in most FCA cars, trucks?

by David Zatz on

A recent statement by Sergio Marchionne, claiming that “most of the fleet” will have hybrid variants by 2023, may indicate that the company is further ahead with hybrid technology than it has let on.

Until recently, hybrid-electric powerplants were not popular in the types of vehicles most customers buy from Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep. Toyota itself, first mass-market producer of hybrid-electric cars, has had little success in North America with its own hybrid SUVs. In addition, low fuel prices have resulted in most customers not caring as much about fuel economy.

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However, due to increasing economy standards, FCA may develop a “portable” technology that can be taken from vehicle to vehicle with minimal re-engineering, as the GM-DaimlerChrysler-BMW “hybrid transmission” did.

The first new Chrysler hybrid in years will be a plug-in gasoline/electric (PHEV) minivan, due for the 2017 or 2018 model year.  The company has already made PHEVs for experimental and fleet use.

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