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Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is Going Green

See the industry’s first electrified minivan

March 22, 2017

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Chrysler packs the surfboards and ventures out for some waves in the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid.

The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid offers consumers a brighter shade of green performance.

How much brighter? More than 31 percent, compared with the previous-generation, gasoline-powered Chrysler minivan.

The improvement was calculated by FCA US engineers who used industry-standard software. The software determines Global Warming Potential (GWP), which considers the environmental impact of fuel production and delivery, along with the implications of the vehicle’s own fuel consumption.

CH017_171PF14ohrfms7kcamafhv48dkisttn.jpgSuch calculations are based on 120,000 miles (200,000 km) of operation. And improvements are measured by contrasting anticipated carbon dioxide (C02)-equivalent greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, with those of comparable vehicles.

C02-equivalent, or CO2e, is a term for describing various greenhouse gases as a common unit. For any quantity and type of greenhouse gas, CO2e signifies the amount of CO2 that would have the equivalent effect on global warming.

Compared with the previous-generation Chrysler minivan, the all-new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid—having traveled the prescribed distance—could account for a 21-metric-ton reduction in CO2e GHG emissions.

“And that’s for a single Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid,” Phil Jansen, Head of Product Development, said. “With each one that drives off a dealer’s lot, the emissions savings are multiplied accordingly. The introduction of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid represents a major milestone for the auto industry, as well as society at large.”

Expressed other ways, a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s potential emissions-savings are equivalent to:

  • the average annual C02 output of 22 American households
  • 14 commercial flights from Detroit to Los Angeles
  • driving the average U.S. passenger vehicle more than 50,000 miles

The Pacifica Hybrid delivers a 24 percent reduction in GWP, when compared with its gasoline-powered stablemate, this despite a curb-weight differential that favors the 2017 gas-powered Pacifica by approximately 650 pounds.

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    The all-new Pacifica Hybrid begins arriving at U.S. dealerships in first quarter 2017.

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    Most fuel-efficient minivan ever, with EPA fuel-economy rating of 84 MPGe.

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    Hybrid-specific cluster display.

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    The thoughtfully designed and beautifully crafted interior mixes high-tech elements with a sculpted, muscular feel.

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    The Hybrid minivan’s innovative, advanced and class-exclusive powertrain builds on Pacifica’s reinvention of the minivan segment.

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    The Hybrid minivan offers a wide variety of high-tech features to make it easy for owners to take full advantage of the vehicle’s innovative, efficient hybrid powertrain system.

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    The vehicles are currently being outfitted with Waymo’s fully self-driving technology.

Such disparities are inherent in hybrid vehicle production, largely because of the need to accommodate large battery packs. And such accommodations often trigger additional carbon emissions.

However, the Pacifica Hybrid’s unique powertrain helps offset the effects of added weight. It features a specially adapted version of the award-winning 3.6-liter V-6 engine, mated to a dual-motor, eFlite electrically variable transmission.

This advanced technology helped the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan achieve a fuel-economy rating of 84 miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. No minivan has ever been rated higher.

The Hybrid minivan offers a wide variety of high-tech features to make it easy for owners to take full advantage of the vehicle’s innovative, efficient hybrid powertrain system.

“To make sure owners and their families get the most out of the innovative, efficient hybrid powertrain, the all-new Pacifica is loaded with high-tech features that make it easy to connect, charge and maximize the efficiency of their minivan, even remotely from their smartphones,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA – North America. “Whether it’s scheduling the Pacifica Hybrid’s charge times, locating nearby charging stations, remotely checking the vehicle’s charge status or maximizing efficiency while driving, the Pacifica Hybrid’s advanced technologies let owners easily connect with the vehicle whenever and wherever best suits their schedule.”

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Customizable 7-inch color thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display.

The Uconnect Access app for the Pacifica Hybrid delivers remote access to the vehicle’s sophisticated technology, enabling customers to get the most from their ownership experience and making life simpler along the way. Owners will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Hybrid Electric Pages deliver helpful information and access to charge schedules via the Uconnect 8.4 system’s 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • Pacifica Hybrid’s Uconnect Access smartphone app gives customers remote access to the vehicle’s state of charge, charge status updates, the ability to schedule charging and charging station locations
  • Customizable 7-inch color thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display with unique Pacifica Hybrid screens provides important information, including an “efficiency coach” to promote efficient driving

Waymo and FCA Partnership
Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project) and FCA announced the production of 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans uniquely built to enable fully self-driving operations has been completed. The vehicles are currently being outfitted with Waymo’s fully self-driving technology, including a purpose-built computer and a suite of sensors, telematics and other systems, and will join Waymo’s self-driving test fleet in early 2017.

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This first-of-its kind collaboration brought engineers from FCA and Waymo together to integrate Waymo’s fully self-driving system into the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan.

This first-of-its kind collaboration brought engineers from FCA and Waymo together to integrate Waymo’s fully self-driving system into the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan, leveraging each company’s individual strengths and resources. Engineering modifications to the minivan’s electrical, powertrain, chassis and structural systems were implemented to optimize the Pacifica Hybrid for Waymo’s fully self-driving technology.

The all-new Pacifica Hybrid begins arriving at U.S. dealerships in first quarter 2017. With available $7,500 federal tax credit, pricing starts as low as $34,495, not including any state or local incentives.