25 Oct '11, 7pm

Chrysler Forced to Build More Hybrids?

Chrysler Forced to Build More Hybrids?

In an interview with Automotive News, Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne basically said that his company would be forced to make hybrids to be in compliance with the 2025 CAFE standards of 54.5 mpg . There are two sides of this story worth exploring. On one hand, Chrysler is the least fuel efficient major automaker operating in America right now. They do not offer any hybrid, electric, or alternative-fuel vehicles. Rather, Chrysler has played around with a diverse range of technologies, from plugin-hybrids and hydraulic-hybrids to pure electrics and CNG vehicles . And yet they have not committed in a meaningful way to any one technology, and now time is running out. The 2025 CAFE standards of 54.5 mpg may seem like a long ways away, but developing a car or powertrain does not happen overnight. It takes years from concept to physical production to develop a decent car or e...

Full article: http://gas2.org/2011/10/25/chrysler-forced-to-build-more-...

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