Following the official announcement that the new 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard would be set at 54.5 miles per gallon, prostate Chrysler-Fiat chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne, who has never seemed too excited when speaking of electrified vehicles, stated in an interview for an industry trade journal that Chrysler will need to include more gas-electric vehicles and a progressively larger mix of diesel-powered cars and light trucks in its lineup order to reach the fuel efficiency standards. The new standards would require Chrysler to more than double its 2010 fleet fuel economy average (of 19.2 miles per gallon).
This declaration came on the premises that Crysler is trying to catch up its main U.S. based competitors, Ford and General Motors, regarding vehicle-electrification investments. These investments were slowed down by the 2007 bankruptcy.
Besides start selling a hybrid version of the Chrysler 300 in 2013, Chrysler intends to introduce a diesel version of Jeep Grand Cherokee that same year and will expand diesel powertrain availability to most of its larger vehicles thereafter.
Also, it must be said that a new battery-ellectric version of the Fiat 500 is being tested by Chrysler for Fiat, in order to launch it on the market in 2012.