Chrysler Reveals Electric Concepts to USPS
Chrysler's EV Concept for the|
United States Postal Service
26th April, 2009
Chrysler entered the mini-van market 25 years ago. Now, more
than 12 million mini-van sales later, Chrysler has showed off four all-electric Chrysler Town & Country
(known as Grand Voyager in Australia) mini-van concepts to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
Chrysler LLC, in conjunction with the USPS and select energy service providers, also announced that the
company intends to apply for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DoE) Transportation Electrification stimulus
programme for a federal grant, which would enable Chrysler to establish a nationwide demonstration fleet
of zero-emission electric mini-vans that could be used by the U.S. Postal Service for mail delivery.
"With more than a 40 per cent market share, our Chrysler and Dodge mini-vans continue to lead the
segment we created more than 25 years ago," said Frank Klegon, Executive Vice President—Product
Development, Chrysler LLC. "Our ENVI electric mini-van concepts illustrate Chrysler’s innovation with
electric vehicle technology and show what the future could hold."
Chrysler’s ENVI group leveraged the flexibility of its electric-vehicle strategy to demonstrate an
all-electric version of its best-selling mini-van. These electric mini-van concepts are targeted
specifically for use by the U.S. Postal Service for mail delivery.
"We continue to look for energy-efficient replacement vehicles for our aging fleet as we explore ways
to reduce our transportation-related carbon emissions," said Sam Pulcrano, Vice President—Sustainability,
U.S. Postal Service.
"Chrysler and the Postal Service have an established relationship as there are more than 10,000 of our
mini-vans in the Postal Service fleet," said Lou Rhodes, Vice President—Advance Vehicle Engineering and
President of ENVI, Chrysler LLC. "The Postal Service is a recognised environmental innovator and leader,
and we are excited at the prospect of continuing our relationship by working to deliver alternative energy
postal delivery vehicles in the future."
Because robust grid integration is essential for widespread customer acceptance of electric vehicles,
Chrysler has enlisted the involvement of key utility partners, including Duke, ConEd and DTE. Each has signed
a letter of intent (LOI) with Chrysler to equip post offices in strategically selected regions of the United
States with a charging infrastructure for the envisioned programme. The Electric Power Research Institute
(EPRI) also has signed an LOI to provide USPS integration tools.
“Our partnership is structured to easily expand into additional regions of the country as the scope of
the project increases,” added Rhodes.
Earlier this month, Chrysler announced A123Systems as one of its strategic partners and production battery
supplier for the company’s initial production electric vehicles. Chrysler LLC and A123Systems signed an
agreement stating that A123Systems will supply energy storage systems for Chrysler’s first-generation ENVI
Range-extended Electric Vehicles and battery-only Electric Vehicles. Based in Watertown, Massachusetts,
A123Systems has announced plans for a Michigan-based production facility. A123Systems will manufacture
Nanophosphate Lithium ion prismatic battery cells, modules and battery packs for Chrysler LLC. Advanced
lithium-ion battery chemistry has the capability of meeting consumer demands for performance, driving range
A symbol that represents the first four letters of environment is Chrysler LLC’s entrepreneurial in-house
organisation focused on electric-drive production vehicles and related advanced technologies. ENVI is a
cross-functional, nimble team empowered to move quickly and access vast resources within Chrysler LLC in
order to integrate electric-vehicle technology into existing products. ENVI-powered electric vehicles inspire
a personal mobility revolution, providing a new generation of responsible, no-compromise Chrysler, Dodge and