Chrysler discovered a problem with the batteries and stopped the test fleet of plug-in hybrids for now

Posted on Tuesday, 25 September 2012 , 11:09:05 byVeronica

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Chrysler discovered a problem with the batteries and stopped the test fleet of plug-in hybrids for now


It seems that the advanced plug-in hybrid electric vehicles developed by the Chrysler Group will have to wait a bit more. Why? Apparently the carmaker found a problem with the batteries, but only on a few models, and had to fix it. The automaker declared that the first problems involved three of the 109 pickups equipped with plug-in hybrid power trains. No one was injured when the prototype 12.9 kWh lithium-ion propulsion batteries overheated, because there was no one inside. The engine was the only one damaged. Different specialists blame it on the concentrate resources and the technical development on a superior battery. There were no problems with the 23 plug-in hybrid minivans, which are part of a similar project that took place around the same time. Anyway, just to be sure nothing goes wrong again, the carmaker has withdrawn these vehicles from service in order to make different changes to the batteries. The main modifications refer to the chemistry of the battery. The specialists will turn all their attention towards safety and grid interaction. There is no exact vehicle number set to return to service because all depends on the complexity of the engineering solutions and the entire process for that matter. This plug-in hybrid electric vehicle test fleet developed by Chrysler Group and the US Department of Energy started last year and it is scheduled to end in 2014.



According to the carmaker, the highlight of the PHEV program is the ability of different plug-in pickups on the fleet to transfer power from their batteries to the grid. This might actually generate revenue. The situation is similar with trucks which form independent mini-grids after linking with each other. These are all the information we have so far on the matter, but let us hope the carmaker will manage to solve all its problems.



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Chrysler discovered a problem with the batteries and stopped the test fleet of plug-in hybrids for now image Chrysler discovered a problem with the batteries and stopped the test fleet of plug-in hybrids for now image