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Unplugged? Overheating batteries cause Chrysler to halt plug-in hybrid electric vehicle program

M-live -- -- AUBURN HILLS, MI- Chrysler Group LLC is halting its test fleets of advanced plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles due to batteries overheating.

According to the Auburn Hills-based automaker, three of the fleet’s 109 pickups equipped with plug-in hybrid powertrains sustained damage when their prototype 12.9-kWh lithium-ion propulsion batteries overheated.

“This action is being taken to build upon the lessons from the initial deployment and to concentrate resources and technical development on a superior battery,” said Michael Duhaime, global director-electrified powertrain propulsion systems, in a statement.

According to Chrysler, a different battery chemistry will be used in the projects' next phase, which will focus on grid interaction and improved safety. The complexity of the engineering


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 3:50:43 AM

maybe DCJ can learn from it, return to drawing board and come up with something better.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2012 10:00:11 PM

sometimes new isn't always better.
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E-Squirrel
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2012 12:03:18 PM

tomok asks:

"...wasn't that a problem with the Volt too?"

I don't think so. I believe that the Volt problem stemmed from overheating in vehicles damaged in an accident. Like the Tesla, GM uses a circulating liquid coolant system to cool the battery. This pretty much controls the battery heat problem, unless the system or the battery itself is damaged.

Chrysler, like the Nissan Leaf, was trying to use an air-cooled, rather than a liquid cooled battery (weight and cost savings). Both Chrysler and Nissan have now experienced problems with the battery overheating, so perhaps a circulating liquid coolant system (similar to what a typical ICE vehicle uses), is the best engineering practice at today's level of technology.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2012 6:42:48 AM

time to go back to the drawing board.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 7:37:08 AM

OH...NO
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jcdakota
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 5:26:56 AM

Really need to fix that before the public sales start.
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nb52
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 4:29:30 AM

Not good news for Chrysler, aye?
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tomok
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 2:09:39 AM

Overheating batteries cause Chrysler to halt plug-in hybrid electric vehicle program, wasn't that a problem with the Volt too? Now if the battery would catch fire everything would be right where it should be. Another Quality GM product! Follow what other successful car manufacturers are doing and copy them.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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bearzz
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 10:18:41 PM

Meh . . .
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PissedATthePump
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 10:17:06 PM

The next phase of the project is try out a design which won't burn up.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 10:11:27 PM

Would not own a EV.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 10:09:13 PM

too advanced for its time?
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 10:08:26 PM

Repost from a couple days ago, I do believe.
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never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 10:01:46 PM

The auto field is advancing quickly & there will be trial & error on some.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 10:01:17 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:58:02 PM

ok that's why there are test fleets.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:56:28 PM

yup
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:42:30 PM

so it isn't just the Volt
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:41:35 PM

Too bad.

Hope they get the bugs worked out soon.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:41:20 PM

Dodge has never been good at shedding heat. At least the transmissions are getting better lol
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:37:43 PM

Forget electric Garbage just another way of sticking to you if people used them in high numbers already high electric rate's would sore higher just like fuel does
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:35:25 PM

Electric vehicles have a long way to go to be ready for prime time.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:34:02 PM

Before they catch on fire.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:30:52 PM

EV's are not affordable. Problems such as this are part of the cost.

Keep trying. But stop the subsidies. More money down the rathole.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:27:25 PM

I am still in love with my 13 year old gas powered Jeep Grand Cherokee LTD. Although it may be much cheaper to run (right now) I am not looking forward to electric. : (
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:25:40 PM

This is obviously a technology that is not ready for wide-spread use.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:24:18 PM

Too bad
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:23:53 PM

My phone sometimes gets over 115 degrees while it is charging. Having hundreds of cells wired together and charged with a big amp quick charger will obviously create much more heat. The higher temperature that the cells are subjected to - the shorter their lifetime.

The articles says that almost half of the $125 million for the failed program came from U.S. taxpayers by way of the Department of Energy
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:20:39 PM

back to the old drawing board
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:17:45 PM

where's the shut off?
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:17:02 PM

Electrics are not the future of transportation.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:16:09 PM

Wasting away more of our tax dolllars.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:15:41 PM

This is a major problem.
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farn1958
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:11:52 PM

oh well back to the drawing board.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:11:48 PM

What is the problem with free heat?
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:10:23 PM

You would think that coming late to the game, Chrysler would be able to get it right.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:06:34 PM

Is about time.
Battery is not last long.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:06:13 PM

wow
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:03:15 PM

another reason to make me avoid electric cars, beside its cost!
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 8:58:17 PM

cutting costs doesn't always pan out does it???
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 8:57:21 PM

keep participating.
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Homito
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 8:57:10 PM

good try.
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Homito
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you learn when you make mistakes.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 8:56:20 PM

idiots!
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 8:54:45 PM

don't go cheap on the batteries and they won't be over heating so much.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 8:54:36 PM

Dont go near the vehicle.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 8:53:22 PM

Ok
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Ok
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 8:42:59 PM

Defective batteries ? How come the rest of the trucks didn't overheat ?
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