Chrysler is joining Uncle Sam to develop a hydraulic hybrid based on its venerable minivan, the idea being the unusual technology could be applied to the passenger vehicle market.
We won’t see such a vehicle in showrooms anytime soon, as the project is limited to developing a demonstration vehicle using the Environmental Protection Agency’s patented tech. The feds say hydraulic hybrid tech can increase fuel efficiency 30 to 35 percent overall, with gains of 60 percent in city driving possible. Look for a 25 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions, too.
“The EPA and Chrysler are working together to explore the possibilities for making this technology affordable and accessible to drivers everywhere,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said in the obligatory press statement. “This partnership is further proof that we can preserve our climate, protect our health and strengthen our economy all at the same time.”
You’ll be forgiven for not knowing what a hydraulic hybrid is.