March 31, 2006

DaimlerChrysler announces plug-in hybrid Sprinter

Auburn Hills, Michigan – DaimlerChrysler has announced that up to forty Dodge Sprinter Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) will be placed in operation with customers in California, Kansas City and New York as part of a worldwide test fleet program. The company says it is the only auto manufacturer offering plug-in hybrid technology in real-world tests.

The Sprinter PHEV has the ability to drive up to 32 km solely on electric power, using a dash-mounted switch that gives the operator the ability to manually switch between modes as needed, or automatically by the vehicle control system. Both five-cylinder diesel engines and V6 gasoline engines are being mated to the PHEV system.

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