Chrysler may have been relatively late to the game when it came to vehicle powertrain electrification, but the US automaker is looking to play some catch-up with a little help from north of the border. Chrysler will work with McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, at accelerating the development of electric powertrains while working with other Canadian entities on developing lighter metal materials, Automotive News says.

The electric-powertrain collaboration will last for five years and is valued at $18.2 million, with Chrysler contributing about half of that in the form of cash, manpower and resources at its North American plants. Concurrently, Chrysler is also working on a $3.9-million study that will involve developing types of aluminum and magnesium that would help reduce vehicle weight. Toronto's Ryerson University and Italy's University of Trento will be part of that project.

Chrysler disbanded its ENVI engineering department in 2009 and the only battery-electric vehicle in North America from Chrysler and sister company Fiat is the low-volume Fiat 500e, which the companies have said sells at about a $10,000 loss per unit. Still, Chrysler has shown signs of committing more resources towards powertrain electrification. In September, Chrysler indicated that it was looking to hire dozens of engineers and other workers to help speed up battery-electric and hybrid vehicle development.


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      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chrysler now looks pretty stupid for having disbanded their ENVI team. At least GM wasn't dumb enough to make that mistake twice.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Next year the results of this study indicate that aluminum and magnesium would reduce the weight of a car. And with the influx of $18.9 million, Chrysler/Fiat will design new prototype vehicles that they already had three years ago. Maybe they should hire Dan so he can yell at them for being stupid and shortsighted.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Canadian universities: We looked into electric vehicles and found out they don't work very well. Buy some more of our oil.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Or buy some fuel cells from Ballard in BC . . . their business has been struggling for a while now and could really use you as a customer.
        goodoldgorr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        I live in canada, maybe i will postpone my buying of a green car to 2032 or go the import way.
      EZEE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Drives by in hummer..."oh no, I am just waiting until 2032. I really am green."
      yoatmon
      • 1 Year Ago
      By the time Fiat and Chrysler have finished their studies, the market will have passed them by. Two losers have found each other, wedded and welded.