The Future is here! Chrysler Group has partnered with NextEnergy to evaluate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology using four all-electric minivans. The Detroit-based NextEnergy is a non-profit energy-technology and business accelerator. If the batteries prove to be viable storehouses of electricity, they could provide energy savings by sending surplus power to the grid.
“This program is indicative of our broad-based approach to powertrain development,” says Bob Lee, Chrysler Group Vice President and Head of Engine and Electrified Propulsion Engineering. “Advanced internal-combustion technology remains at the core of our efforts, but the present regulatory climate we live in compels all auto makers to explore alternatives such as electrification. We’re choosing to go the extra mile by also exploring how electric vehicles might mesh with our energy infrastructure.”
So not only will you be saving money on gas, you can also help to provide electricity to your community. For model-year 2014, Chrysler Group will introduce four new engines, one of which – the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 – will make the Ram 1500 the only diesel-powered light-duty pickup in North America, the world’s largest full-size pickup market. In addition, Chrysler Group will launch the world’s first production vehicle to feature a nine-speed automatic transmission.