Chrysler, Eaton and EPA Collaborating on Hydraulic Hybrid

System developed by Eaton Corp. for heavy work trucks being examined for use in upcoming Chrysler minivan program.

Published: 20-Jan-2011

Chrysler Group said on Wednesday that it was working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adapt a hydraulic hybrid system for potential use in an upcoming version of its popular minivan.

The announcement came at a joint appearance by Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

The project comes as automakers scramble to meet strict new fuel economy standards expected to take effect after 2016. Chrysler, which is operating under the management control of Fiat SpA (FIA.MI), is the only major automaker in the U.S. market without a hybrid offering.


Lacking a 'wow' car, Honda hopes the hybrid CR-Z burnishes its environmental credentials.

Lexus HS 250h and Sai in Japan use same braking system.

The company has stopped producing the Sai sedan and the Lexus HS250h in Japan at least through February 20 to apply software fix to brake system sensitivity concerns.

2011 Hyunda Sonata

Powertrain expected to mate 2.4L engine with 6-speed transmission that integrates 30kW motor and 1.4kWh lithium-polymer battery.


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