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Automakers located in the U.S. will try to have vehicles talk to utility companies during a special field test this week. Eight global automakers are joining forces for a first-ever test of technology that will allow utility companies to communicate with plug-in electric vehicles via the cloud, an advancement that would help manage energy use […]

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Eight major automakers and 15 utilities organized by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are demonstrating a standards-based, open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The manufacturers involved said the open platform will simplify and streamline vehicle-to-grid (V2G) communications, enabling PEVs to provide grid services and increasing the overall value proposition of plug-in […]

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Stop-start technology is showing up for 2015 in two Chrysler Group vehicles, the Jeep Cherokee and the Chrysler 200 sedan. Chrysler Group announced it is offering Engine Stop-Start (ESS) technology as standard equipment on certain models of the 2015 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV and all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan. Chrysler 200 customers who opt […]

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Chrysler opted to build its nine speed transmissions in Indiana, opening the Tipton plant for full production. After sitting idle for years at the corner of US 31 and State Road 28 in Tipton County, Ind., Chrysler Group’s Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne officially dedicated the Company’s new Tipton Transmission Plant and celebrated the production […]

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Chrysler Group announced May 9 it is replacing the power inverter module (PIM) in an estimated 4,141 Fiat 500e electric cars to prevent coolant seepage that may cause power loss while driving. A PIM alters electric current to accommodate battery-powered propulsion. Fiat explained a routine warranty data review prompted an investigation, during which Chrysler Group […]

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Chrysler took steps to green the plant in which its large rear wheel drive sedans are built. Chrysler Group’s Brampton Assembly Plant (BAP) is the first automotive assembly plant in Canada to achieve TÜV’s ISO 50001: 2011“Energy Management” standards certification. Chrysler builds in Brampton the Chrysler 300 sedan, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger. Introduced in […]

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The Chrysler Group is inspiring itself on human lungs to design the next generation of fuel tanks needed for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. “Within the human lung are countless individual sacks called alveoli,” says Enrico Pisino, Chrysler Group’s Senior Manager-Innovation. “These sacks combine to expand the lung’s total air capacity. We are using this […]

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While announcing a vehicle electrification project, Chrysler announced today a partnership to study the use of lightweight alloys. Chrysler Group LLC said it has signed on to a three-year, $3.9 million project supported by the Canadian government to explore ways to leverage the weight-saving properties of aluminum and magnesium alloys for vehicle production. Chrysler Group […]

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Chrysler is jumping back onto the hybrid bandwagon, entering in a research partnership in Canada that should result in vehicle electrification. The cooperative agreement was announced today by Chrysler Group LLC, and it entails a 5-year, $18.2 million agreement with McMaster University in Ontario, with funding support from the Canadian government, to develop next-generation, energy-efficient, […]

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Chrysler Group engineers have been helping to determine if electric-vehicle (EV) batteries can generate revenue as well as power. Chrysler Group has partnered with NextEnergy to evaluate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology using four all-electric minivans. The two-year Chrysler-NextEnergy partnership launched in 2011 and has been gathering data from four Chrysler Town & Country minivans equipped with […]

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