Ram To Begin Testing Plug-In Hybrid Pickups

Plug-In Hybrid

We knew it would happen sooner or later. According to a Chrysler press release, Yuma, Arizona has become the first U.S. city to receive a fleet of Ram pickups that are equipped with plug-in hybrid electric systems. All told, 12 cities across the country will be participating in a $100 million demonstration program that's sponsored by Chrysler and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Yuma will be receiving 10 trucks with each one equipped with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 along with a liquid-cooled 12.9-kWh battery pack that's located beneath the second row bench. It's linked to a two-mode transmission that's "based upon two-speed transmission technology" from a previous EV project, which we're guessing is the previous generation Dodge Durango/Chrysler Aspen hybrids. Regenerative brakes and cylinder deactivation are also included along with a 240-volt/30-amp four-prong power outlet and a 120-volt/20-amp outlet power strip in the bed.

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