Back in April, Chrysler hinted at building some plug-in hybrid minivan prototypes and there was quite a bit of excitement from people wanting a greener minivan. Sadly, Chrysler is only testing the technology with no promise or hint at a date when it could become available to the public.
Just days ago Chrysler completed the roll-out of its small fleet of Town & Country plug-in hybrid minivans, and a mere, and disappointing, 25 of them have been produced. The first 4 were delivered to Auburn hills Michigan, with more being sent to California, Arizona and North Carolina. Each area presents different road and weather conditions to help determine the viability of future applications for the technology.
The Chrysler Town & Country plug-in hybrid minivan uses a V6 engine combined with a 2 mode hybrid system and a 12.1 kWh lithium ion battery pack. The combined output of the gasoline and electric motor is 290 horsepower with a total range of somewhere around 700 miles. Chrysler says the all-electric range of the plug-in hybrid minivan is somewhere around 40 miles. Fully charging the minivan will take 8-15 hours on 110 volts and 2-4 hours on 220volts.