Chrysler testing plug-in hybrid minivans

Chrysler Town & Country PHEV
Chrysler Town & Country PHEV
Chrysler has been moving ahead with plans to release a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of its popular Town & Country minivan.  They now have 25 Town & Country minivans driving around the roads of Arizona, North Carolina, and Michigan as part of the data-collection phase of the development.

Chrysler’s powering this PHEV minivan with a combination of a 3.6 liter Pentastar engine mated with a two-mode hybrid transmission that yields 290 hp.    It uses a liquid cooled lithium-ion battery that can be charged in two to four hours using a 220-volt charger.    Charging with a 110 volt charger can take eight to 15 hours.    The range with a full charge and a tank of gas will be about 700 miles (the non-hybrid Town & Country can go about 360 miles on a tank of gas).

Chrysler is also working on a plug-in hybrid version of its Ram pickup.

via: MotorTrend

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