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Chrysler Delves Deeper Into EVs With Powertrain Announcement


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Just the Facts:
  • Chrysler will partner with the Canadian government and McMaster University to develop advanced electric and hybrid powertrains, but would not elaborate on its future electric vehicle plans.
  • The automaker said it intends to "advance Chrysler Group's electrification strategy" and "strengthen the company's future product lines."
  • Chrysler has lagged behind other automakers, including General Motors, Toyota and Nissan in bringing hybrids and electric vehicles to market.

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Chrysler on Friday said it will partner with the Canadian government and McMaster University to develop advanced electric and hybrid powertrains, but would not elaborate on its future electric vehicle plans.

The automaker said it intends to "advance Chrysler Group's electrification strategy" and "strengthen the company's future product lines." The effort will focus on affordable technology, Chrysler said.

Chrysler has lagged behind other automakers, including General Motors, Toyota and Nissan in bringing hybrids and electric vehicles to market.

"Not talking about vehicle applications today," wrote Eric Mayne, a Chrysler spokesman, in response to an Edmunds query.

Chrysler's efforts in this area have been limited largely to production of the Fiat 500e, plug-in hybrid-electric versions of the Chrysler Town & Country delivered to municipalities in several states and an experimental fleet of plug-in hybrid Ram pickup trucks.

With this latest announcement, Chrysler said it has entered a five-year, $18.2 million partnership with McMaster University with funding support from the Canadian government.

The partners will work on "next-generation, energy-efficient, high-performance electrified powertrains and powertrain components," Chrysler said.

Edmunds says: Chrysler signals its intent to do battle in this important alt-fuel arena.

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