plug-in hybrid Dodge Ram's development has been crawling along and
kept quiet over the past few months, but now a bit of news has come
through the wire. To push things along in the area of PHEV Rams and
other future electric trucks, the Canadian government has awarded one
of its local power company's, Electrovaya, a
$5 million grant for the development of plug-in hybrid advanced
energy storage systems.
development of the Dodge Ram PHEV in March 2010 as a result
of the $48 million grant given to the automaker by the U.S.
Department of Energy. The grant was part of a $2.4 billion
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act DOE Vehicle Electrification
program. The plan is to build 140 PHEV Ram's over the course of a
three-year demonstration period in several parts of the United
lithium-ion Superpolymer batteries for the test
fleet of PHEV Rams will be supplied by Canadian-based
Development Technology Canada (SDTC) provided the $5 million
to the power company in hopes of speeding up the process of getting
these vehicles to the streets.
government continues to invest in projects that reflect our balanced
approach to reducing emissions," said the Honourable Jim
Prentice, Minister of the Environment. "This project will create
high-quality jobs for Canadians now, and provide us with a healthier
environment and sustainable prosperity in the future."
particular, the money will be put toward the development of a higher
throughput battery cell and module production line, the lifetime
validation of battery packs to establish commercial value of spent
battery packs and of course the development of advanced cells and
battery modules themselves.
energy and power density batteries such as the ones being developed
by Electrovaya are widely seen as the key
to the commercialization of clean vehicles," said SDTC
President and CEO Dr. Vicky Sharpe. "It is through funding
during the pre-commercialization stages that Canada can lead the way
in getting these technologies to the market faster and and benefit
from an industry, which is poised for exponential growth in the next
$5 million is not only supporting batteries for the PHEV Ram, but for
the development of other future PHEV trucks as well. The PHEV Ram is
expected to receive 20 miles of pure electric power and will result
in 65 percent better fuel economy than a gasoline-driven Ram.