Auburn Hills, Michigan – Chrysler has submitted three proposals totalling US$448 million for two initiatives by the Department of Energy (DOE) for electric vehicles. The DOE programs are 50/50 cost-shared and are intended to speed up the development and manufacturing of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

The proposed vehicles include the Dodge Ram 1500 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), Chrysler Town & Country PHEVs, and Town & Country electric vehicles (EV). Chrysler is applying under the Transportation Electrification Initiative and the Electric Drive Vehicle Battery and Component Manufacturing Initiative, both of which are aimed at rapid vehicle electrification.

Chrysler and its partners would invest $224 million, matched by $224 million from the DOE. If approved, Chrysler plans to use funds to build a demonstration fleet of PHEVs and EVs, and create a new-vehicle electrification technology and manufacturing centre in Michigan.

“These initiatives represent how government and the automotive industry are answering the challenge of reaching common goals and demonstrate how rapidly this type of advanced technology can be brought to market in a collaborative environment,” said John Bozzella, senior vice-president of Chrysler’s external affairs and public policy. “Without U.S. innovation and production capacity, we will simply trade batteries for oil in the pursuit of transportation energy.”

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