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.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles offer many of the advantages of Electric Vehicles, such as lower running costs, a quiet drive and zero emissions in the case of pure electric driving. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles also offer the flexibility of a conventional gasoline-powered engine for longer trips, without necessarily recharging the battery from an external source.
The combination of the gasoline-powered engine and the electric motor can also allow the vehicle to deliver a higher level of torque and acceleration than conventional Internal Combustion Engine vehicles.
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.
Yes, the Dodge Hornet R/T is the first electrified Dodge Brand vehicle. It is equipped with eAWD, a six-speed automatic transmission, a 15.5-kWh lithium-ion battery and a 1.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The electric hybrid performance helps make the Dodge Hornet R/T the quickest and most powerful CUV in the segment with an all-electric range of 32 miles before seamlessly switching to gas.
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.
A Level 1 charger is included with the vehicle. An available Level 2 240-volt charger can also be purchased on Mopar.com or by contacting your Dodge Brand dealer.
With a Level 1 120-volt charger, the battery can be fully recharged in approximately 7.5 hours. You can shorten the time to as little as 2.5 hours using an available Level 2 240-volt charger. The Dodge Hornet R/T has an onboard 7.4-kW charger. However, the estimated charging times are based on a completely discharged high-voltage battery. Charging times will vary based on several factors including the battery’s age, condition, state of charge, as well as the available current being provided to the charger from its power source. The internal temperature of the high-voltage battery may also affect the vehicle’s charging time.
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.
Finding the nearest charging station is right at your fingertips. The Dodge Hornet R/T Plus includes dynamic range mapping in its navigation system, which allows you to plan your route in relation to available charging stations on the way to your destination. You can also open the Dodge Connect app on your smartphone, search for a charging station and send it to your vehicle’s navigation system. Additionally, on Dodge Hornet R/T vehicles without integrated navigation, chargers can be found en route through Android Auto™ compatibility and Apple CarPlay® support.
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.
The Dodge Hornet R/T will charge the battery through:
- Regenerative braking, which takes the kinetic energy recovered when you use your brakes, turns it into electric energy and recharges your battery with it. Under the right conditions, regenerative braking can also give you additional driving range by using the regenerated electricity.
- eSave Mode, which allows the system to keep the battery at a defined charge level. If Active eSave mode is selected through the UConnect system, the vehicle will use the generator conected to the belt of the engine to recharge the battery to the level of charge selected.
- Sport Mode, which prioritizes performance—so the gas engine will always be running. During coasting or braking, a generator connected to the belt of the engine will maintain or recharge the battery to keep it in the maximum performance window.
Only if you want to. How often you charge the Dodge Hornet R/T depends on how many miles you want to drive using electric power. A single, full charge will provide up to 32 miles gas free before seamlessly switching to gas. The Dodge Hornet R/T has a total range of 360 miles, giving the ability to drive longer distances when needed.