Chrysler Group is excited to be a part of new research to determine if electric-vehicle (EV) batteries can generate revenue as well as power. Chrysler Group has partnered with NextEnergy to evaluate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology using four all-electric minivans. Detroit-based NextEnergy is a non-profit energy-technology and business accelerator.
“This program is indicative of our broad-based approach to powertrain development,” says Bob Lee, Chrysler Group Vice President and Head of Engine and Electrified Propulsion Engineering. “Advanced internal-combustion technology remains at the core of our efforts, but the present regulatory climate we live in compels all auto makers to explore alternatives such as electrification. We’re choosing to go the extra mile by also exploring how electric vehicles might mesh with our energy infrastructure.”
If EVs were linked together in sufficient numbers and their combined surplus power was sold to utility companies, they could conceivably offset demand surges. The expectation is that tapping such a reservoir would cut costs for utility companies, while also putting money into the pockets of EV owners. They sky’s the limit when it comes to the advances of technology.
For model-year 2014, Chrysler Group will introduce four new engines, one of which – the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 – will make the Ram 1500 the only diesel-powered light-duty pickup in North America, the world’s largest full-size pickup market. In addition, Chrysler Group will launch the world’s first production vehicle to feature a nine-speed automatic transmission.