Chrysler Pulls Hybrid Test Fleet Off the Road

Green Car Reports - September 24, 2012

Raise your hand if you already knew that Chrysler has a plug-in hybrid pro­to­type pro­gram! Indeed, most of you are hear­ing this for the first time.

What is Chrysler doing to make these hybrids road-ready?

Chrysler has had 23 mini­vans and 109 pick­up trucks on U.S. roads for almost a year now, all pro­to­types to test the [hybrid] tech­nol­o­gy.

Chrysler is pulling them all off the roads – “with­draw­ing from ser­vice” is the spe­cif­ic phrase – due to dam­age sus­tained by three sep­a­rate pick­up trucks when their 12.9-kilowatt-hour bat­tery packs over­heat­ed.

Chrysler says there were no injuries from any of the inci­dents, and the pick­ups were not occu­pied at the time.

No mini­vans were involved in any inci­dents, but while they were only deliv­ered for test­ing in April, so they too are being with­drawn as a safe­ty pre­cau­tion.

Chrysler says it’s wind­ing down this phase of the pro­gram, which is sched­uled to run through 2014, and will upgrade the packs with cells that use a dif­fer­ent lithi­um-ion chem­istry before the vehi­cles go back on the roads.



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