DaimlerChrysler Is the Only Manufacturer Building Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

* DaimlerChrysler investigates plug-in technology with test fleet

* Dodge Sprinter Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) can drive up to

20 miles on electric only power

* Industry first PHEV combined with five cylinder diesel for maximum fuel


* Advanced battery research will help future hybrid development

Mar 30, 2006, 00:00 ET from Chrysler Group

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Up to 40 Dodge
 Sprinter Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) will be placed in operation
 with customers in California, Kansas City and New York among other locations
 within the United States.  As part of a test fleet program DaimlerChrysler is
 placing the Dodge Sprinter PHEV with a variety of customers around the world.
 The company is the only auto manufacturer to investigate the feasibility of
 plug-in hybrid technology in real world tests.
     Plug-in technology lends itself to commercial applications in which the
 vehicle returns to base after each shift to be plugged into the power grid but
 also works well in urban traffic situations for daily commuters.
     Battery development is one of the keys to the success of hybrid
 transportation and PHEV's yield valuable information through durability tests.
     Based on Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle technology, The Dodge Sprinter
 PHEV has the ability to drive up to 20 miles on electric only power.  It
 accomplishes this with a switch on the dashboard giving the operator the
 ability to manually switch between modes as needed or automatically by the
 vehicle control system.  Two different combustion engines are being mated to
 the PHEV system, a five cylinder diesel and a V6 gasoline.  The diesel version
 will yield the highest fuel economy benefit and is the first fleet test of a
 diesel plug-in hybrid system.
     Plug-in hybrid technology is part of DaimlerChrysler's advanced propulsion
 technology umbrella, which also includes exceptionally efficient gasoline
 engines, advanced diesel technology, ethanol flex-fuel and zero-emission fuel
 cell vehicles.

SOURCE Chrysler Group