Auburn Hills, Mich., Aug 22, 2008 - Chrysler LLC’s Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) began rolling off the assembly line this week at its Newark (Delaware) Assembly Plant. Chrysler is offering the two-mode hybrid powertrain on both vehicles built at the plant, Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen.
Production of vehicles with the hybrid powertrain differs in several ways from production of those with conventional powertrains. New processes were implemented to accommodate HEV production, including a unique powertrain assembly process, and ergonomic-assist systems to aid in new functions, such as HEV battery installation.
There are several unique components associated with HEV production that are installed at the plant, including:300-volt battery Two-mode transmission Torque power inverter module (TPIM) Electric air conditioning Auxiliary power module High-voltage cables (AC and DC) Hydro-electric power steering pump Hybrid gate way module Cooling module
Dodge Durango was the leader in its segment for initial quality, according to J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Initial Quality StudySM. With the advent of HEV production, a new series of error-proofing processes was put in place to ensure continued quality excellence.