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Monterey Car Week, a part of the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach, in northern California has become a showcase for concept and production luxury car introductions. But yesterday’s reveal at the event by a joint project between a Beirut, Lebanon and a China-based company was a complete surprise — a battery-electric minivan. The ICONIQ Seven […]

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Chrysler may be perceptibly late to the plug-in hybrid party, but today it came bearing gifts that advocates have hoped to see for some time – a PHEV minivan it’s calling the Pacifica. Chrysler is credited with inventing the minivan segment over 30 years ago, and as it seeks to improve fleet mpg scores and […]

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As Chrysler celebrates its 90th anniversary, announced plans to rework its current fleet and add new models, which will include the brand’s first plug-in hybrid vehicles. The first to arrive will be a plug-in hybrid version of one of the brand’s most prominent models: the Town & Country minivan. Officially in its 25th model year, […]

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Last January Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said FCA has a “massive” program to develop a plug-in hybrid minivan and he’s now emphasized FCA wants to be first as the company arguably has before. What many consider one of the first modern conventional “minivans” launched in 1984 as the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager and these […]

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Chrysler is gearing up to offer an optional plug-in hybrid version of its next generation Town & Country. Supplier documents posted online confirm the optional hybrid powertrain for the minivan, along with information about modifications to the Windsor Assembly Plant, reports Automotive News. Located in Ontario, Canada, this 4.4-million square foot factory builds the Town […]

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Seeing sales on the rise, FCA is investing in order to have the capacity to build more eight-speed TorqueFlite transmissions. With sales of vehicles equipped with the popular eight-speed transmission growing, FCA US LLC stated it will invest an additional $266 million in its Kokomo Transmission Plant (Ind.) to increase capacity of the fuel-efficient TorqueFlite […]

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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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Perhaps no surprise to followers of alternative energy vehicles, the U.S. EPA recently rated Fiat-Chrysler last place among 11 automakers in its fleet fuel efficiency. According to the federal agency’s Trends report, fuel efficiency for automakers has risen 0.5 mpg to a record 24.1 mpg. Fiat-Chrysler was at 20.9 mpg for 2013 among all its […]

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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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