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
Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine