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Hopes to speed development of environmentally-friendly trucks like PHEV Ram

The 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. 

Chrysler announced 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 States.

The lithium-ion Superpolymer batteries for the test fleet of PHEV Rams will be supplied by Canadian-based Electrovaya. Sustainable 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. 

"Our 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."

In 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.

"High 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 10 years."

The $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. 



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Annother question
By DanNeely on 7/12/2010 3:16:00 PM , Rating: 3
How hard is the truck working in these studies? Driving with an empty bed and nothing being towed is obviously the best case; but if you're not regularly moving large loads a big pickup is wasteful. Meanwhile several tons of cargo will have a decent sized hit on fuel economy.




RE: Annother question
By Spuke on 7/12/2010 4:03:03 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
but if you're not regularly moving large loads a big pickup is wasteful.
It seems you have some knowledge here, so I'd like to pick your brain. My wife just refuses to hang the sheet on the bed so that there's an even overhang on both sides. When we put the comforter on the bed, there's this sheet hanging out below it. It's just unsightly. Is there anyway I can make my wife more efficient on her sheet laying?


RE: Annother question
By DanNeely on 7/12/2010 6:27:17 PM , Rating: 2
Just get your leatherman and trim the excess away. The extra material is useless so you might as well get rid of it.


RE: Annother question
By Spuke on 7/12/2010 7:16:12 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Just get your leatherman and trim the excess away.
Black people don't own leathermans. But you probably already knew that.


RE: Annother question
By phxfreddy on 7/13/2010 1:09:59 AM , Rating: 2
Well if they are anything like the black guy in the WhiteHouse then they like banging two bricks together!


RE: Annother question
By Samus on 7/13/2010 4:29:08 AM , Rating: 2
You'd at least think they'd start with a Ford or something...


RE: Annother question
By tallcool1 on 7/13/2010 1:44:53 PM , Rating: 3
No, no, you got it all wrong. The man in the WhiteHouse would use your tax payer money to buy the sheet company to address the problem. Put together a commission to study the issue and then a sheet CSAR in charge of it all.

After 4 years and trillions of dollars later it would be announced that it was Bush's fault and he will ask that you nominate him for another 4 years in order to correct it. Oh and btw, everybody deserves to have straight sheets. A revenue plan to tax the wealthy (because its their fault) will be instituted so that we can spread the wealth of straight sheets.


RE: Annother question
By Spuke on 7/13/2010 4:01:15 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
they like banging two bricks together!
Shouldn't that be in the "Gay" thread?


Sign me up
By GruntboyX on 7/12/2010 3:03:14 PM , Rating: 3
I live in a rural area and utilize a truck every day. Sign me up. However, this is for a demonstration only and not intended to go to production. The things learned from the demonstration will work its way into future production vehicle.




RE: Sign me up
By Spuke on 7/12/2010 3:54:19 PM , Rating: 2
I'm waiting for the diesel-electric hybrid trucks. Sign me up when there's a 1 ton with said engine available.


RE: Sign me up
What a waste of $$
By AEvangel on 7/12/2010 3:45:47 PM , Rating: 4
So let's see if they have given out $53 million, that means that you can double that number roughly $106 million and that is how much capital was taking out of the private sector by the Govt. Then after they take their cut it was just given back to their lobbyist buddies in the private sector for this pipe dream. Where as if any of this Technology actually had any real future or profit, then the private sector would have just funded it in the first place.

That is if the Federal Reserve was not just creating money out of thin air. Really, the inflation caused by all this stimulus spending is hurting the economy and environment far worse then those trucks big gas guzzling V8s ever were.




RE: What a waste of $$
By LordSojar on 7/12/2010 6:29:06 PM , Rating: 1
Economists are worried about deflation right now, not inflation.

Oil companies don't care about the environment, it's an act. The private sector is in this to make money, and the money isn't in EV at this point in time; at least, not to the degree that gas/ethanol still is.

Ergo... guess what? Private sector isn't going to do anything that would reduce their profits.


RE: What a waste of $$
By Spuke on 7/12/2010 7:18:59 PM , Rating: 2
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Ergo... guess what? Private sector isn't going to do anything that would reduce their profits.
Not to mention that most of these companies are publicly traded and they must an earnest effort to turn a profit by law.


By Lord 666 on 7/12/2010 3:12:21 PM , Rating: 2
To me, the Fiat shotgun wedding just doesn't make sense. If anyone, it would be the Canucks to purchase a car company.

This Ram is a good example.




By DanNeely on 7/12/2010 3:13:04 PM , Rating: 2
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The $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.


The simplest analysis that meets the described result would be 30mi between charges and 0% impact on economy when running on the gas engine. The latter assumption is almost certainly invalid though.




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