Chrysler President: Everything will be hybrid

Chrysler President: Everything will be hybrid

When Chrysler rolled out its trio of hybrid concepts (ZEO, EcoVoyager, Renegade) at last month’s Detroit Auto Show, no one envisaged it would be a sign the carmaker was serious about offering a full hybrid lineup one day. Latest comments from Chrysler’s new President Jim Press reaffirm the carmaker’s desire to make every model available with a hybrid option, which also sounds remarkably similar to claims from Press’ former employer Toyota.

Speaking at a recent seminar, Jim Press said that eventually every vehicle Chrysler makes would be hybrid-powered. He wasn’t willing to give a timeline but revealed the new CAFE laws, forcing carmakers to lift fleetwide fuel economy levels to 35mpg by 2020, would be easier to meet with more fuel-saving hybrid models, reports Popular Mechanics.

Last year, Toyota’s vice president in charge of powertrain development, Masatami Takimoto, made the bold claim that by 2020 hybrids will be the standard drivetrain and account for “100 percent” of Toyota’s cars as they would be no more expensive to produce than a conventional vehicle.

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