June 4 (UPI) — Fiat Chrysler (FCA) is testing the automatic switch to pure electric mode of hybrid plug-in cars, according tomedia reports. The company is currently piloting a project in Turin, Italy, that allows hybrid plug-in cars to automatically switch to pure electric mode when they enter a congested city centre.
Original title: Fiat Chrysler tests hybrid plug-in cars to automatically switch to pure electric mode
With zero-emissions zones planned and petrol-powered cars considered a total ban, automakers are looking for creative ways to ensure that their customers don’t get into trouble, and this project may be one of the creative ones.
The project is based on a prototype system with fully integrated on-board sensors that allow the car to identify when to enter restricted access areas and automatically shut down the internal combustion engine,media reported.
Media reported that the company would initially test the system on the new Jeep Renegade 4xe, but from next year, the test could be extended to the company’s other hybrid models. Once the tests are complete, the company plans to offer the system in other cities in Italy and abroad.
In November,media reported that Fiat Chrysler was in technology acquisition talks with at least two troubled electric car start-ups, including Faraday Future and Seres, formerly Known as SF Motors. The company hopes to use the electric-car technology of its electric start-ups to build its own.
The company expects to launch more than 30 electric and hybrid vehicles by 2022. The company’s Pacfic hybrid can travel about 33 miles (53 kilometers) at a time.
In addition, Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot Citroen (PSA) are understood to be planning to merge. The merger was first announced in October 2019 and will be finalized in early 2021.
Since Fiat Chrysler does not have a comprehensive electric car plan, its merger with Peugeot Citroen could be of great help in theory.
However, at the end of March,media reported that the current spread of the new coronavirus outbreak may lead to the merger of the two companies failed.