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Maxwell Vehicles retrofits RAM ProMaster vans with plug-in powertrains

What does a PHEV become when it grows up? And do we need yet another electrified-vehicle acronym? Technically, a hybrid with a plug is a PHEV, but some argue that a vehicle with a substantial electric range is a different animal. Chevy called its Volt an EREV, and Seattle-based startup Maxwell Vehicles is calling its plug-in cargo van conversion an RHEV (range-extended hybrid electric van).

Maxwell’s RHEV is a Dodge RAM ProMaster upfitted with a PHEV powertrain manufactured by GM (thus it’s a hybrid in more ways than one). It sports an 18 kWh battery pack and a 120 kW electric transaxle, and delivers 40 miles of electric range.

Maxwell sells built-to-order RHEVs, which can be made from new or refurbished ProMasters. The company also converts customers’ existing vans. Conversions start at $32,990, and new RHEVs start at $46,990.

Source: Maxwell Vehicles

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