A report from the Detroit Free Press reveals that FCA is gearing up for a plug-in hybrid variant of the next-generation minivan. While its competitors including General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Volkswagen are aggressively introducing hybrid, electric and other alternative fuel cars, Chrysler does not have a single hybrid car in its range.
The company is currently retooling the Windsor Assembly and developing the next-generation Chrysler Town & Country, with an investment of more than US$2 billion. At the same time, the company is also preparing the assembly line with the necessary tooling for the production of the plug-in hybrid electric variant, as per the report.
According to the report, the plug-in hybrid electric minivan will just be an example of a “massive” introduction of hybrid technology. A mysterious full-size crossover which could be based on this minivan is going to be built in the same plant and offered with a plug-in hybrid electric version in 2017, says the report. The company will extend electrification to larger vehicles and pickup trucks as well, to offer more efficient and environment-friendly vehicles, indicates the report.
[Source: Detroit Free Press]