Chrysler LLC's new Hybrid Electric Vehicles began rolling off the assembly line last week at its Newark, Del. assembly plant.
Chrysler is offering the two-mode hybrid powertrain on both vehicles built at the plant, Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen. Both offer substantially improved MPG over their conventional counterparts.
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There are several unique components associated with HEV production that are installed at the plant, including:
Torque power inverter module (TPIM)
Electric air conditioning
Auxiliary power module
High-voltage cables (AC and DC)
Hydro-electric power steering pump
Hybrid gate way module
The patented hybrid-electric drive system was developed at a Troy laboratory in partnership with General Motors, Daimler and BMW. It offers all-electic operations at low speeds and modest loads, and elecric assist plus cylinder deactivation during straight-and-level high-speed cruising. It also uses regenerative braking to use the energy normally dissipated as heat during braking to recharge the vehicle's battery pack.
Pricing for the full-size 4x4 sport-utility hybrid electric vehicles is nearly $8,000 below the competition introduced earlier this year by GM. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the new 2009 Dodge Durango HEMI(R) Hybrid is $45,340, including $800 for destination. The MSRP for the new 2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid is $45,570, including $800 for destination. Additionally, customers are expected to receive an estimated tax credit of $1,800.
Well it looks like Chrysler came out pretty good in the deal. This leaves open the question if Daimler or BMW will come out with a hybrid?