There's already a few hybrid trucks on the market (most notably from GM), but true plug-in hybrid electric trucks are another matter altogether. Chrysler now looks set to change that, however -- at least in a small way -- with its new Ram plug-in hybrid that's set to roll out to fleet operators this summer. It was just unveiled at the Washington D.C. Auto Show, and it pairs a 12 kWh battery pack from Canadian battery-maker Electrovaya with Chrysler's own 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, which Electrovaya says will allow for up to 20 miles of driving on electricity only. Unfortunately, there's no word on any plans to actually make the truck available to individual consumers, but Chrysler does seem to at least be optimistic about hybrid trucks in general, with a company spokesman noting that half-ton pickups are naturally much better at carrying a battery pack than a car, and that trucks work better as hybrid vehicle platforms.
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Ram Plug-in Hybrid Electric Truck Equipped with Electrovaya Battery Showcased at Washington D.C. Auto Show

TORONTO, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ - Electrovaya Inc. (TSX: EFL) today announced that Chrysler's Ram Truck Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), equipped with Electrovaya's 12 kWh Lithium Ion SuperPolymer® Battery System, is being showcased in public for the first time at the Washington D.C. Auto Show Jan. 27- Feb. 6.

Electrovaya was selected by Chrysler as a key supplier partner for the RAM Plug-in Hybrid development, which was initiated last year as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act DOE Vehicle Electrification Program. The RAM Truck is one of Chrysler's top selling vehicles and the Plug-in Hybrid Electric version (powered by both battery and gasoline) is a full-size truck with Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions capability and is able to travel up to 20 miles on electricity only. Delivery of the PHEV Ram trucks is expected to begin this summer.

"Electrovaya's battery system not only provides exceptional performance from a high energy and power perspective, but boasts a clean manufacturing process that will appeal to environmentally conscious consumers," notes Bruce Coventry, Vice President of Operations at Electrovaya. "The superior energy density of the Electrovaya technology also allows for a small battery footprint in the vehicle while delivering high performance."

Electrovaya's 12 kWh Lithium Ion SuperPolymer® Battery System features the company's proprietary battery technology, battery management system and complete mechanical, thermal, electrical and electronic subsystems. Electrovaya's battery technology is manufactured in North America and is uniquely distinguished by its clean, non-toxic manufacturing process supported by over 150 patents.

About Electrovaya:
Electrovaya Inc. (TSX:EFL) designs, develops and manufactures proprietary Lithium Ion SuperPolymer® batteries, battery systems, and battery-related products for the clean electric transportation, Utility Scale Energy Storage and smart grid power, consumer and healthcare markets. The Company's mission is to accelerate clean transportation as a commercial reality with its advanced power system for all classes of zero-emission electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The Company's other mission is to deliver Utility Scale Energy Storage Systems for the highest efficiency in electricity storage, whether the electricity is generated from intermittent wind and solar power or from other sources. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Ontario, Canada, Electrovaya has production facilities in Canada as well as in the US, and customers around the globe. To learn more about how Electrovaya is powering mobility, please explore www.electrovaya.com.

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SOURCE Electrovaya Inc.