Chrysler Ram Plug-In Hybrid Showcased

Don’t expect to see Wyoming ranchers driving them anytime soon – the plan is to build and test 140 of them, apparently – but Chrysler has shown off a Ram plug-in hybrid that uses proprietary battery technology from the Canadian company Electrovaya.

A 12 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery powers the vehicle in electric mode, giving it up to 20 miles of range.  Electrovaya also said it provided the mechanical, thermal, electrical and electronic subsystems for the rig.

Chrysler plug-in hybrid Ram

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According to Edmunds.com, the hybrid truck, which was on display at the Washington D.C. Auto Show last week, was partly funded by a $48-million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Edmunds said the 12 kWh battery is paired with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and beats typical fuel economy for such a vehicle by 65 percent. A company spokesman told Edmunds that Chrysler was optimistic about hybrid trucks because with their bulk, they’re better equipped to carry weighty battery packs.

Delivery of this special plug-in hybrid Ram trucks is expected to begin this summer, though it looks as if the vehicle will be going to commercial fleets only for the time.

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

  • This truck oughta sell pretty good, most people us them most of the time just to go get groceries. Sure would like to see all you guys doing better than this though. So many Hybrid Design Announcements seem minimally engineered and almost patronizing to green tech with more emphasis placed on continuing to use gas and oil as long as possible.