has been testing a variety of different configurations of hybrid Dodge
Sprinter vans with various fleet operators for some time now. These have been equipped with either gas or diesel
engines and nickel metal hydride or lithium ion batteries. The company is now getting ready to build a new fleet of up to twenty-two Sprinters this fall equipped with the latest generation of lithium ion battery packs from Johnson Controls/Saft. JCS is one of the two companies that has development contracts with GM
to supply packs for the plug-in version of the Saturn Vue
. The new fleet will use both gas and diesel engines and be tested in a variety of weather conditions.
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