Fiat Chrysler Warming up to Hybrids

Fiat Chrysler Warming up to Hybrids

Fiat Chrysler is feeling the pressure to incorporate hybrids into its lineup in order to meet increasingly strict emission standards.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said the automaker will have to turn to electrification of its vehicles to meet the government’s rules that require cars and light trucks to average 54.5 mpg by the 2025 model year. Though the company ranked last among large automakers in the U.S. for car fuel economy last year, Marchionne confirmed that it is on track to meet the long-term fuel economy requirements.

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Currently, Fiat Chrysler is turning to nine-speed automatic transmissions in its vehicles to improve fuel economy. The 2015 Chrysler 200 for example, is expected to achieve up to 36 mpg on the highway.

In order to meet the 2025 model year fuel economy targets however, the CEO said that “Hybrids become a very large component of that fleet. You can’t get it without the hybrids. It’s impossible.”

[Source: Automotive News]

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