Not too long ago, we provided some news about some new plug-in hybrid full-size pickups from Ford that will now be making their way into the market. The Chrysler Group now has just announced that they will be introducing some new Dodge Ram plug-in hybrids to select cities across the US of A. One of those cities is San Francisco, CA.
“The city [San Francisco] will evaluate the vehicles in real-world driving conditions and report regularly to Chrysler Group LLC all driving and charging experiences with the demonstration vehicles,” said Chrysler in a statement.
The Dodge Ram 1500 PHEV utilizes a liquid cooled 12.9kWhr lithium ion battery with a 6.6 kW on-board charger with the 5.7L HEMI V8, which also has Chrysler’s cylinder deactivation system called Multiple Displacement System or MDS. The new Ram PHEV also comes with a two-mode hybrid transmission.
Chrysler said that these are just some conceptual first steps to introducing hybrid-technology to the full-size pickup market and there are no current plans to put these trucks into full production. Rather this is for study and demonstration purposes.
– By: Chris Chin