Chrysler Seeks $224 Million in Federal Funds for EV/Hybrid Development

By dancurranjr On June 5th, 2009

chrysler-aspenChrysler is seeking up to $224 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to support rapid development of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The automaker plans to provide a demonstration fleet of PHEVs based on the Dodge Ram 1500 pickup and the Chrysler Town & Country minivan.

Last month, Chrysler said it would supply the U.S. Postal Service with a fleet of 165 Town & Country EV cargo minivans.

Its latest effort involves two DOE programs, called the Transportation Electrification Initiative and the Electric Drive Vehicle Battery and Component Manufacturing Initiative, which are designed to speed up the development and manufacturing of PHEVs and EVs. If approved, the DOE would provide up to $224 million, with Chrysler matching the federal funds.

Chrysler said it would construct an $83 million “electrification technology and manufacturing center” in Michigan as part of the initiative. The center would be operational by 2010 and would be designed to build more than 20,000 EVs each year.

Chrysler also would build a demonstration fleet that would include 100 Dodge Ram PHEV pickups, 100 Town & Country PHEVs and the previously mentioned Town & Country EVs.

Through April, sales of the full-size Ram pickup were down 31 percent from a year ago, while sales of the Town & Country were down 37 percent.

SOURCE: Edmunds

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