The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has received its EPA ratings, and they are even better than Fiat-Chrysler Automotive’s (FCA) own estimations!
Today, the U.S. environmental protection agency released their ratings for the plug-in hybrid minivan, and the electric range from the 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is 33 miles! Overall efficiency is rated at 84 MPGe in the city which is just amazing for a vehicle this size!
The Pacifica Hybrid pricing starts at $41,995 before any tax incentives. The battery pack is large enough to qualify for the full $7500 federal tax credit in the USA, and some states also have additional rebates.
As a plug-in hybrid with a range of 33 miles, it beats the Toyota Prius Prime by 8 miles (Prius Prime is rated at 25 miles EV range), and is a much larger vehicle than Toyota’s plug-in. The Pacifica PHEV almost matched the range of the 2011 Volt’s range of 35 miles, and has attracted a lot of attention from people who don’t even like Hybrids.
One person’s comment under the EPA announcement said this: “This is the only hybrid I might consider and I hate hybrids. You know the world is turning upside down when GM and Chrysler are among the top of my list, and none of the Asian/European brands.”
That sums it up – this hybrid brings Chrysler from the we-don’t-care-about-EVs crowd to the forefront. This minivan has the ability to drive 12,000 EV miles per year simply charging at home overnight (33 miles x 365 days). The average per year mileage in North America is around 14,000 miles, so the plug-in Pacifica minivan has the potential to allow people (even those of us with lots of kids, finally!) to drive most of those on electric power!