2007 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid

Hemi Hybrid Hijinks

The introduction of Chrysler’s first hybrids could be misconstrued as a bad practical joke. That’s because Chrysler’s Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen Hybrids will pair up a hybrid gas-electric system—the symbol of automotive virtue—with a powerful Hemi engine, which is best known for winning car races. Blending such different technologies may turn out to be either a great idea, a source of confusion, or a cause for outrage—or all of these things at the same time.

Chrysler’s 5.7-liter V8 Hemi hybrids are very likely to offend the die-hard hybrid drivers, a group easily riled by any corruption of hybrid ideals. From the Prius point-of-view, DaimlerChrysler is flaunting its disregard for the environment by marrying sacred hybrid technology with an obscene amount of horsepower—not official yet, but probably somewhere around 350—with burly SUVs rated at 13 miles per gallon in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. Even after hybridization, these vehicles will barely break the 20-mpg mark—a fraction of what the average Prius driver achieves.

It’s All Relative

But before hybrid fans go apoplectic, they should consider the real benefits of applying hybrid technology across the full range of vehicles. “A jump from 14 to 16 mpg saves as much oil as going from 35 to 51 mpg” said Jim Kliesch, research associate at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Kliesch explained that miles-per-gallon is a non-linear form of measurement and therefore counter-intuitive when comparing the relative fuel consumption of smaller cars to big trucks. Fuel consumed per mile is a much better yardstick. Kliesch doesn’t believe that the road to sustainable transportation is lined with a caravan of Durango and Aspen hybrids, but he conceded, “What seems like a paltry amount of oil can actually make a big dent.”

From the beginning, DaimlerChrylser and General Motors, who are collaborating on the development of gas-electric technology, have set their hybrid sights on big and powerful vehicles. The two companies have dubbed their hybrid system as “two-mode,” to signify the use of a second set of gears configured specifically for moving heavy-weight vehicles more efficiently at highway speeds. The Durango and Aspen will also use cylinder deactivation, which shuts down four of the engine’s eight cylinders under certain conditions such as highway cruising.

Techno Triage

The rationale from improving the fuel economy of big SUVs may make sense, and the technology to achieve this goal is impressive. But it won’t add up to much if the vehicles don’t sell.

Hybrid drivers, a highly motivated bunch, don’t appreciate the benefits of a jump from 16 to 20 mpg. SUV buyers will probably be less inclined to buy their first hybrid—at a premium—based on a 4 mpg jump. In fact, they may view the hybrid badge on their powerful hauling and towing machines as a wimpification of their trucks.

It’s clear that DaimlerChrysler and other purveyors of large SUVs need to do something to lift the fuel economy of these vehicles out of the mid-teens. Releasing two Hemi hybrids is a form of technological triage—another example of today’s ultra-light form of green consumerism which asks for no compromise from the buyer. Thanks to technology, more is still more—for now.

Back in March 2005, Deiter Zetsche, CEO of DaimlerChrysler, was fending off criticism about his company’s sluggish plans for producing a hybrid gas-electric vehicle. He quipped, “As my wife often says, if you know you’re going to arrive a bit late to the dinner party, be sure you bring the best wine.” With its Hemi hybrid SUVs, Chrysler arrives to the hybrid party with a quality blend. It remains to be seen if it’s a vintage that people want to drink.

 


Pros
  • $5,000 cheaper than similar GM vehicles
  • Better mileage than gas version
  • Solid towing and off-road capability
Cons
  • Engine shudder between modes
  • Even as hybrid, mileage still in teens
  • Durango Hybrid is being discontinued

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  • Max Reid

    Whether its Lexus LS600h or Durango/Aspen or Tahoe/Yukon, a Hybrid with V8 engine and 350-500 hp is weird.

    Of late, those hybrids with V6 engines have declined while those with V4 has surged. Infact Accord-Hybrid (V6) is saying goodbye.

    As usual, customers are going to Vote-No for the gas-guzzling hybrids. For Toyota, they can hang on to successful Prius whereas for Chrysler, Durango/Aspen are the only hybrids and if it does not sell well, its investment will be in trouble.

    It was the innovative company which created Minivan & SUV and hope they have some foresight.

    Meanwhile Prius continues to grow at rapid speed since it offers mid-size sedan space in a compact size.

  • Stefan

    If Gore can own a big house with solar panels and energy efficient windows, then someone can own a big powerful car with an electric motor. There is a REASON for alternative energy which is conserving isn’t enough. If we want to sustain our lifestyle (which is what we’re trying to fight to save) without polluting, then that’s the way to go. Many of us (Gore included) don’t want to drive econoboxes just to be environmentally friendly. Why did Honda stop producing the Insight? Every car (including SUVs, Lamborghinis, Mercedes, etc.) should all adopt electric.

  • Alex

    I have always questioned why cylinder shut-off technology has only been applied to few massive SUVs and trucks. Why is this technology only applied to V-8s and the Accord hybrid V-6. Here is why cylinder deact. works. On average, 50% of all energy created by the engine is wasted to fight resistance created by the throttle. Most engines run only at a fraction of their maximum power output so their throttles are closed most of the time. Its like trying to breath with a tennis ball in your throat. Deact. works by sending flow to only half the cylinders while the other half only pull in air. So the throttle can be twice as open reducing resistance and increasing efficiency. So why not apply deact. more effectively. For example, in a V-8 engine at idle, one cylinder would receive fuel, but the other 8 would be pumping air, so the throttle can be fully open so no resistance and the engine is at optimum efficiency. At 1 to 10mph is one cylinder. At 11 to 20mph is two cylinders and so on and so forth. At highway cruising speeds probably only two or three cylinders would be used. The only time 7 or 8 cylinders would be used would be in hard acceleration. So the 50% loss is returned and millage doubles. That rivals hybrids and is nothing more but a computer reprogramming. So ask why not every car has this cheap technology.

  • Collin Burnell

    What’s different between the Accord example and the Durango/Aspen Hybrid is the fact that this is a big engine on a big vehicle. I think this technology is promising because even in it’s early development a 20% to 30% is present. Like all hybrid vehicle manufacturers, the more they learn the better it will get. They need to start somewhere and they finally have. I say we embrace GM/Chryslers efforts.

  • kballs

    Going from 14-16MPG may save more oil than going from 35-50MPG, but going from 14-50MPG saves even more.

    While a 2MPG bump is a good thing for delivery trucks, garbage trucks, etc., some people can’t really justify driving a land yacht. They should consider something “big enough” to meet their needs without waste. It’s a vehicle, not a living room. You don’t need 4ft of leg room and shoulder room. You probably don’t really need 7-9 seats for the 1 time/year that you carpool with your friends to the ski slope either.

    For those that can justify needing the extra space on a weekly or daily basis, it will be hard to make them realize that the cost premium of a hybrid that saves them 2MPG, because it saves more oil than going from 35-50MPG, it will pay off a lot faster.

  • Indigo

    I just don’t see anyone paying $10k extra for a land yacht that gets a whopping 2 MPG extra.

  • Richard

    Justify, what’s justify got to do with it. Choice baby, now they can have that Hybrid snobery in powerfull Hemi to boot.

  • Lee

    What we here in America seem to have lost sight of is that a car is only a means of getting us and our stuff from one place to another. With few exceptions, we don’t live in our cars. Buy only as much car as you need and stop showing off! My car is a 30mpg sedan. Start doing this and we’ll end our dependence on foreign oil faster than driving a massive gas guzzling hybrid truck will.

  • domboy

    If you read the forums, a lot of people have been wanting Toyota to make a hybrid version of their big trucks. I can’t help but wonder if people would give Toyota as much grief over large hybrids as people are giving Chrylser…

  • DaveM

    the demographics for these vehicles will not pay a permium for 4 mpg.

    make it the standard drivetrain, and you have a chance.

    mind you, they are still missing the entire compact/subcompact market, which is where Hybrids are selling, so they really aren’t showing much market sense.

  • av

    If they’re really looking to squeeze more mpg out of the Durango and Aspen, why not use the same type of diesel powertrain that’s currently available in the jeep grand cherokee? They’d even get extra towing power. Otherwise, you might as well just get a V6 and a “HYBRID” bumper sticker and save yourself some cash.

  • Elliot

    This type of hybrid is not necessarily a bad thing. I am all for mileage increases being extended across the board. ALL vehicles should maximize their fuel efficiency.

    That being said, I think the real anger here is that some companies and people will try to spin this as true environmentalism. And once again the answer to that is that it depends. If you have 7 kids and work contruction, maybe this is environmentalism in action. If you have one kid and no such job, it is just an excuse to drive an enormous overpowered vehicle that is a pollution, petroleum, and physical threat to the rest of us.

  • domboy

    I agree with “av” on diesel being a much better option for this type of vehicle… it’s a simpler solution, and you get better mpg and better towing as previously noted. Heck, Honda is discontinuing the Accord Hybrid, and what are they planning on replacing it with?? A diesel Accord.

  • Choose

    I really like the idea of a hybrid, or all electric, and I would like to one day have a home that uses renewable energy sources.

    But when I read these forums, I get turned off by all the preaching of everyone telling others what they “need” or “should have”. If someone chooses to have a big car, little car, hybrid, diesel, or whatever, then that is their choice. Why should anyone tell you what you must drive, or what job you should have, or who you should vote for?

    The green movement is feeling a lot like the old communist movement, in that they want to control our actions “for the greater good of the planet/society/politik”. Am I the only one who sees this line of thinking, this willingness to tell others how to spend their money as scary?

  • kballs

    That’s right, you can choose to be wasteful ifn you damn well fcuking please.

    People who think they are being told what they must drive should wake up, the world doesn’t revolve around you OR tell you what to drive… or do you feel that guilty?

    Most statements are of more of a “reevaluate your needs” nature than saying “everyone must drive a Prius, SUVs should be illegal”.

    There are people who use their big trucks and SUVs to capacity for a majority of their miles driven. But there are a lot of people who commute daily in their big gas hogs, completely empty… their reasons for “choice” are along the lines of “I like the space, which I never stretch out in because I’m always behind the wheel”, “It can haul stuff, which I rarely do, but it’s cool, unlike a minivan or wagon”, or “It’s safe because it’s big and heavy and I ‘win’ in collisions by killing and maiming the other people.”

    So you’re welcome to choose to be wasteful. In fact, I’m going to freely express my god-given freedom and patriotic right to be wasteful by buying a Prius, and all the gallons of gas I save over a Suburban I’m going to set on fire for all to watch. I have a right to impact the environment and it’s future effects on our race to the full extent of everyone else even if I don’t need to, because it’s about choice, not needs, practicality, or moral obligation.

  • Evil HEMI Driver

    I think it’s a great idea, I own a Jeep Commander HEMI 4×4. If a hybrid HEMI had been available I would have bought it. Before you all rip my head off, realize that I use the beast to cart around my wife, kids, Doberman and Jack Russell, often and sometimes all at once. When commuting to work I ride my motorcycle and get roughly 45-50mpg. In the winter though, I have to drive one of my 4x4s because the roads are snowed in and treacherous. I’d like to see an after market hybrid drive that you can bolt onto your existing car. If it tacked on a couple horses and boosted mileage while costing under $3k it would sell like hotcakes. People are plopping down that much for HD TVs. I’d buy one today.

  • AP

    What “Choose” said above is correct: So many people in this forum will never be satisfied until we are walking to work in a closely packed urban environment, just like they say we should.

    Very few real people actually think like that. I may not go off-road, I may not tow, and I may not carry a lot of stuff around, but I understand that other people do, and if they can save fuel doing so, great! I think it shows the real agenda of a lot of people when anything that isn’t small and isn’t Japanese gets criticized in this forum.

  • RV

    I commend Chrysler and GM. I own a hybrid SUV. When you compare it to its gas-only version, mine doesn’t even come close to the towing limit of its gas counter part.
    When you talk about these big SUVs, you have to think about why people buy them. They are usually used to towing/hauling heavy loads. They are also used by people with larger families who don’t want to drive the typical minivan.
    If Chrysler or GM have figured out a way where a hybrid vehicle can tow or haul heavier loads, I say go for it…

  • TJ

    I own a 2006 HCH and a Full-size 4X4 Pickup. I use the pickup when necessary and the rest of the time I use the hybrid. However, my wife has a 2005 SUV and a small car simply will not work for her. She has the kids, their friends and all their gear every day of the week. If it can get 20 MPG in the city, instead of 13… then ROCK-ON!! Place our name on the waiting list!

  • Elliot

    Choose,

    Without a doubt, the enviro-community at large can be rather preachy. However, there is much truth to be found in the suggestions from these groups. Consume less….recycle….buy energy efficient appliances when possible….don’t waste water….don’t waste electricity….etc. Now, you might not like being preached to, but that doesn’t change the validity of the message.

    In the end, the vehicle you buy is your choice. If you buy a large vehicle that gets bad gas mileage (and you don’t have a job or family that mandates such vehicle), that doesn’t make you a bad person. It simply means you chose to drive around in a vehicle that uses far more gas than is necessary and poses a real physical danger to those in smaller vehicles.

    It is your choice.

  • Elliott

    What you’re saying is exactly my point. I personally DON’T drive larger vehicles than I need, and I don’t like people driving in larger vehicles than necessary, especially alone.

    But I also DON’T like people in hybrid cars driving 30 miles one-way to work (someone driving a gas-guzzling Toyota Tundra 5 miles burns less fuel), or driving slower than everyone else to please the fuel meter.

    We need to stop pretending that vehicle choice is the only thing that matters. How much you drive it is just as important.

  • RV

    “But I also DON’T like people in hybrid cars driving 30 miles one-way to work” I drive mine 45 miles one-way. I used to drive a bigger SUV. The money I save from gas using my FEH makes my car payment. Plus my FEH get better mileage than what it is rated.

    However, you take that Toyota Tundra on that 30 mile commute you referred to and see how much gas it burns…

    That said, I do agree with you about your other points. If you drive a hybrid on the highway, you need to drive it at speed. The posted speeds are a for safety reasons. People usually think of speed limits as the maximum safe driving speed. However, the minimum safe driving speed is usually about 10 MPH slower than the posted speed limit. Plus there are also fines for Impeding traffic.

    The other point of yours that I agree with is, “We need to stop pretending that vehicle choice is the only thing that matters. How much you drive it is just as important.” There is also another part of this point that was forgotten. The other important part is what the said vehicle is used for also matters.

  • Scott

    I can’t believe people can be so selfish and ignorant as to buy these large cars. I find most just want to show off like some teenager. Guess some don’t grow up. If you buy a vehicle that gets less than 25 MPH you are just supporting terrorist and the counties that support them. I blame many car manufactures as well. Why can’t I get a small SUV or Minivan that gets 40 MPG? I have a Prius that my wife drives to work. Great car but sometimes you do need more space. I don’t get it. Take a look at the Toyota Estima which is available in Japan. It’s a small Minivan that gets about 40 MPG but I can’t get one in America! Why? Do the oil companies pay car makers to do things like this?

  • Martine

    I just came back from Europe where I saw hardly any SUV’s and many small cars, lots of Smart Cars. SUV’s are an American creation, a representation of our obession with ‘more’ and ‘bigger is better.’ How about only using/driving what we need?

    Maybe people need to be told what to choose. I hate hearing “this is a free country so i can drive a huge SUV if I want.” if your choice is bad for the environment and you couldn’t care less, then you deserve to be preached to.

  • Stefan

    “I just came back from Europe where I saw hardly any SUV’s and many small cars, lots of Smart Cars. SUV’s are an American creation, a representation of our obession with ‘more’ and ‘bigger is better.’ How about only using/driving what we need?”

    You’re right. Unfortunately, not everyone can drive into small cars, or econoboxes, and that includes Al Gore who also owns a Lexus SUV hybrid. So, a Chevy Tahoe hybrid is AT LEAST better than a conventional version, right? It’s not all or nothing; it’s SOMETHING or nothing, and that’s life. Personally, I want a car that is not so cramped, YET produces fewer emmisions, and the Prius is more satisfactory than an old Beetle.

    “Maybe people need to be told what to choose. I hate hearing “this is a free country so i can drive a huge SUV if I want.” if your choice is bad for the environment and you couldn’t care less, then you deserve to be preached to.”

    Yes and no. Yes, we can’t drive cars that is as big as Al Gore’s house. No, I want to drive a Mercedes SL sports car that produces NO EMMISSION. It will be hard but that’s like the once impossible ability to fly.

    Bottom line is I am for the environment but I still want to keep my lifestyle, which is what we’re FIGHTING to save.

  • jillene Panella

    I’m one of those people that are excited for the launch of the large SUV’s. I have kids who are involved in a lot of sports and I spend the majority of the day in my car. I have to transport a lot of gear and people. So, although I’m not ready to give up all of my space/luxury I am very happy to have a better impact on the earth. I am very “green” in many areas of my life and I get sick and tired of all you land hippies making judgement on the rest of the population solely based on the car they drive. Until you are green in every possible area of your life, stop judging other people. The government needs to take some responsibility here and raise the mile per gallon laws and maybe then all of the car manufacturers would get off their ass. We don’t all need to be earth hippies to care for the environment.

  • Misty

    My family won’t fit in a compact. I have four kids…three in car seats. I want to get rid of my gas guzzler so bad, but I can’t find anything to fit us all that gets good gas mileage. A lot of the wagons get pretty good mileage, but they don’t have that rear jump seat that they used to. I just really hope the auto industry gets cracking on this because I usually have to wait 5 or more years after something comes out before I can afford someone’s used one.

  • Mike

    For once, the reasons why I own an SUV vs. why I own a Prius has turned into a good, lively debate (no major political, and jackass like comments here). I am glad that at least the SUV owners understand their vehicle’s harm to the environment, and would like to get a similar-sized vehicle that’s cleaner and more fuel efficient.

    Hybrids and/or WASTE-DERIVED biofuels have a bright future.

  • Michael Denison

    For my work in the Australian Outback I drive a new Turboed 4.5L V8 Toyota Troop Carrier. It is as economical as the Turboed 4 cyl,.HiLux Ute That I sometimes have to put up with. Here in Australia we have only one Hybrid Vehicle, that is the Prius. Nice vehicle but not worth a squirt of goats’ piss for my usage. Bio Diesel is the fuel to go with as fuel can be grown anywhere, even where it is not commercially viable to grow food crops anymore.

  • Not so uptight

    I have no need for a big engine with lots of towing power but I do need a lot of room to transport around my four kids and the carpooling friends to practices. I know the cadillac and the tahoe aren’t as eco friendly as the prius but I can get everyone there in one trip.

  • GreenMom

    I gave up my mini-van in favor of a hybrid this summer. My husband drives a diesel VW. So we have only two small cars. Carpooling to practices is now out of the question, and when both my kids have hockey games, we actually need to drive BOTH CARS. The fact is families with kids need one larger car, a van or SUV type. So a greener option makes sense, even if it is not as green as the smaller cars.

    Seems the Toyota Hylander is a better choice than the new American hybrids, though. It is cheaper and gets better gas mileage.

  • neddie b

    I have a ’06 Durango with a HEMI and average 21mpg hwy/17mpg city. Stating that this vehicle will barley average 20mpg is a joke and a lie. Get a life dude! You can’t pull a boat or snow mobiles with your Prius. You are trying to compare apples and oranges. It’s sad when people with no clue try to write articles and act smart. This article is complete BS. Try siting some actual sources next time like most real reporters/writers do.

  • John Doe

    Everyone I know averages around 13 to 14 mpg with a Durango or Apsen with the Hemi. Most here about 12mpg. My Ram is about 13.5 everytime I check it.

    The Hybrid is gonna average around 19to 20. If you want max fuel mileage and must haul a few folks then get a Hybrid Prius or Civic. If you haul more or do towing a lot then get the Hybrid SUV. It ain’t a trig exam and should not take a Rocket scientist to figure out what they need for themselves.

  • Wetdog

    If they make the engine E-85 capable as well as hybrid, they might be able to get somewhere. Gas will probably be in the $5 to $6 a gallon range. It is already over that in most of Europe–but you still see large vehicles. People want the size and towing capacity. If you run a vehicle on E-85, you are only using 3 gallons of petrolem gas per 20 tank, good for the environment and the economy and you still have the size and towing capacity.

    If down the road we are develop the production capacity to replace the 15% petroleum blend in E-85 with Buterol alcohol which has nearly the chemical properties as gas–you could be running an all alcohol blend. Non petroleum, renewable, and sustainable—and environmentally friendly.

    If it doesn’t come out E-85 capable–it would be very hard for most consumers to justify the expense, but if gas prices continue to increase(no doubt about that) and ethanol production increases making a more dramatic price per gallon difference, a model that is hybrid and E-85 capable would most likely attract a lot of favorable attention.

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  • Gyula Kangiszer

    The main benefit of these hybrids will be for the Europeans who can import these cars and pay a significantly lower registration tax than for the conventional engines.

  • Greg Hardwick

    What happened to the electric car (or) truck did we all forget that we have the technology to do this using no gas sat all? watch the flim “who killed thew electrioc car” To heck (being nice) with the oil companies. EXXON showed over 9 BILLION $ in profits 3rd quarter 2007. Lets get back to some REAL economy!!! Go electric use solar if nessasary.

  • Thor

    I am a Large person. Most of the foreign made vehicles are to small for me to fit into. If you think that a great MPG vehicle will fit everyone you are sadly mistaken. I currently drive a PT Cruiser and get around 26 MPG. I am getting a job as a traveling elementary music teacher. My PT is not going to be big enough to take everything that I will need to take with me. So their are many different jobs that a person needs a large vehicle. If you don’t believe that a music teacher needs a large vehicle try moving a string bass around. I am also getting married and plan on having a family. This is another good reason for having a large vehicle. Even though I would love to have a vehicle that gets great mileage, but I need a vehicle that will fit my needs.

    I would love to be more ecologically friendly but I need a vehicle to get the job done. The Chrysler Hybrid is better than the non-hybrid version. I have also noticed that Chrysler is conservative with their MPG markings. My family has had many different Chrysler Corp. vehicles and have always received at least the MPG that was promised. The typical MPG was higher for most of the vehicles we owned. I anticipate that the average MPG for the Aspen Hybrid will probably be 20 MPG and sometimes higher.

  • shivraj

    chrysler aspen is avery rare vehicle.it has many cool features and it is very powerful.it has dvd systems,gps navigation,20″ rims,alpine sond system,even a 5.7 liter hemi v8,powering up to 335 hp.it has a second option,a 4.7 liter hemi v8 which powers 303 hp.

  • Anonymous

    If your family can’t fit in a compact, choose the Ford Escape Hybrid, the Mercury Mariner Hybrid, or Mazda Tribute Hybrid–three SUVs that get 30 hwy/34 city!

  • Jim Walker

    The reason for shutting off 4 cylinders on a 8 cylinder motor is for smoothness of the running engine.
    Let me explain: I’ll use the Chevy firing order, 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2, cylinder 1 fires first than 8, than 4, ……

    7 8
    5 6
    3 4
    1 2
    Front of the engine

    As you can see the firing order is maintain the engine in balance. If not, the whole engine would viberate too much and will shake the entire vehicle.

  • Grant Ray

    Is Chrysler going to come out with a PT Cruiser Hybrid ? I currently own a PT Cruiser and I have lots of friends who own
    PT Cruisers and, we all would like to be able to convert our PT Cruisers into Hybrid PT Cruisers if we could. Some of my friends want to be able to buy a Hybrid PT Cruiser.
    Sincerely, Grant Ray
    (PT Cruiser owner since 2002).

  • Kevin Harvey

    Jim Kliesch is an idiot. Remember that book “How to Lie with Statistics”? So.. let’s take the following example to illustrate how ridiculous the argument that “A jump from 14 to 16 mpg saves as much oil as going from 35 to 51 mpg” is in any way relevant. Say, someone kills 100 trees per year and another kills 5 per year. Reduce each by 20% and the former kills “only” 80 trees per year and the latter kills 4. The exploiter “saves” 20 trees whereas the conversationalist saves only 1. So, who is better? Any reasonable person can answer that question without much scientific background. This begs the question about who Kliesch works for. The first link on the Union of Concerned Scientists web site is “Scientific Integrity.” How about some common sense and moral integrity?

  • roger anderson

    Alex,

    The problem with deactivating 7 of the eight cylinders is that with a four stroke, there is barely enough torque to keep the engine turning, if it is able to stay running at all, with one cylinder. Even engines designed that way; one cylinder diesels, are typically 2 stroke and/or have huge flywheels. This is ok for a water pump on the homestead, but moving that massive flywheel around in a vehicle would waste far more fuel that you’d save.

    Hybrids save with regenerative braking. That’s a huge leg up over standard vehicles. Then add to that no engine running at drive throughs or long lights. What I heard was the design of the Chrysler Hybrids would be plug in. If I can go 40 miles without using gas on my commute, I won’t use any (gasOLINE that is). People in this situation will at a minimum (here in CA) shift imported oil demand to N. AMerican natural gas, hyudroelectric, nuclear, wind, and hopefully more solar power each day.

    If the area destroyed by strip mining coal back East was covered with solar panels, more energy would come from the panels than all the coal mined there. What’s more, the power would be transported by wire rather than diesel locomotives and trucks. Locomotives are a very efficient way to move product, but tell that to those that live downwind of the tracks.

    Here’s to plug in hybrids and solar panels! Cheers!

  • devvon

    Let’s just welcome the change Chrysler would have made this move sooner or later, the hybrid market is gaining more field, the sooner competitors adapt the better. Only recently a friend of mine got a class B motorhome with a hybrid engine, he’s really thrilled about his new acquisition, I would be too.

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  • crazysony

    I am driving a Nissan Leaf and I am not very satisfied with it.I’ve faced some technical problems and its repair cost me a lot of money.Now I am thinking to visit a Chrysler showroom in order to buy a Dodge Durango.I heared that it is a very good car,safe and economical.They have also a donate car programm and if you donate a car you can buy another one with a 30% discount.It is a good deal!I can’t wait to drive a Dodge Durango!

  • Anonymous

    It will not end anything. We will still be dependent on foreign oil until we drill in alaska, and if we do stop buying as much fuel from out of the Country, all that will result is an even larger increase in fuel costs so companies like Opec can still make bigger profits. Its a vicious circle. We make hybrids because fuel costs go up, gas companies increase costs because people are buying less gas. Simple.

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