Chrysler Pacific Hybrid Plug-in Minivan with 30 miles electric range coming later this year

At the North American International Auto Show, Chrysler shocked media by unveiling their new minivan – the Chrysler Pacifica. While families everywhere get excited about new minivans, what really excited was that the Pacifica will come in a Hybrid version with a plug!

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan has an estimated 248 horsepower, and can drive up to 30 miles on electric power from its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. City efficiency is rated around 80 MPGe, and a full charge will take about 2 hours with a level 2 charger.

The Pacifica Hybrid will be the industry’s first electrified minivan. Although the second row of stow-and-go seats had to go because of the battery pack, the 3rd row still has stow-n-go capabilities and makes the Pacifica Hybrid able to sit up to 8 people.

Chrysler didn’t make any announcements about pricing, but the battery pack is large enough to qualify for the full $7,500 federal tax rebate in the USA.

“The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is truly a no-compromises minivan, giving customers everything they need or want,” said Timothy Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands, FCA – North America.

“We started from the ground up to design the most technologically advanced minivan, which offers bold styling, class-leading ride and handling, and unmatched fuel economy, with the Pacifica Hybrid delivering up to 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in city driving. The all-new Chrysler Pacifica was thoughtfully designed and engineered to provide unsurpassed levels of comfort, convenience, technology and functionality, making it the perfect combination for modern families.”

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Alan Moeller

By Alan Moeller

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1 comment

  1. I’ve heard this charging claim elsewhere, and it still doesn’t make sense. Replenishing a 16kWh battery from a 6.6kW charger is going to take at least 2.5 hours. One could argue that’s “about” two hours – but it’s closer to “about” three.

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