The term “Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)” is used when a vehicle utilizes both gas and electric powertrains for propulsion and can typically drive for short periods on electric power only. Like an Electric Vehicle (EV), and unlike a Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV), the battery can also be recharged from a wall charger but will also run on gasoline. PHEV technology also gives vehicles a boost in torque and acceleration.
The vehicle combines a traditional gas engine and an electric motor powered by a battery that can be recharged. With a PHEV, the driver can drive using all-electric power, the gas engine, or a combination of both. Using regenerative braking, the Dodge Hornet R/T PHEV can also recharge its battery while being driven and can capture electrical energy from deceleration.
The Dodge Hornet R/T has three driving modes that allow the driver to control whether to use electricity, gas or a combination of the two. Hybrid Mode automatically manages both gas and electric power. Electric Mode uses only the battery power, while eSave Mode leverages gas power and reserves the battery charge.
Charging the Dodge Hornet R/T is simple – just plug the charging cord into the vehicle’s charging port located on the driver’s side rear fender. The Dodge Hornet R/T comes with a Level 1 charging cord, which requires a conventional 120-volt AC grounded wall outlet. Before beginning to charge, it is important to ensure the vehicle is turned off and in park. Insert the AC plug of the charging cord into the grounded wall outlet. Then take the charge connector and insert it into the vehicle’s charging port until you hear a click. When properly inserted, the charge indicator light will activate. Once your vehicle is fully charged, the light in the indicator will illuminate all bars.
Any Level 1 or Level 2 charger is compatible with the Dodge Hornet R/T. However, a Level 3 (DC fast-charging) cord and/or charger, which can be found at some charging stations, is not compatible.
Yes, the Dodge Hornet R/T can be charged at a public charging station. These stations typically have Level 2 240-volt chargers and take around 2.5 hours to fully charge the vehicle’s battery. Level 3 (DC fast-charging) cords and/or chargers, which can be found at some charging stations, are not compatible.
You can set the charging schedule through the Uconnect® 5 system in the Hybrid Electric Pages. To access these pages, select the App button on the main menu bar and then select the Hybrid Electric app. Then select, “Schedules” to set up a charging schedule. Choose which schedule you’d like to set up. Then touch, “Charge Schedule.” From there, you can also choose “Charge Until Full”, allowing the vehicle to fully charge versus stopping at a certain time. The charging schedule can also be set using the Dodge Connect app on your smartphone.
The gasoline-powered engine will automatically turn on to allow you to continue your journey with no interruption.
The batteries are designed to function properly in a variety of climates. The battery charge can be reduced depending on how long the vehicle is exposed to extremely warm temperatures for a long time, as energy is used to cool the batteries. Similarly, in the case of extreme cold temperatures, the charge will be reduced because energy will be used to heat the batteries. Additionally, the vehicle might need to run in Hybrid Mode for a few minutes before being able to drive in all-electric mode if the battery needs to be warmed to operating temperature.