2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Goes 33 Battery-Powered Miles, Stymies Control Freaks
In addition to being the first ever hybrid minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid also packs a charge port—as well as a battery pack large enough to be required to qualify for the federal government’s full $7500 federal Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Credit (a tax credit). Furthermore, the Pacifica hybrid can travel an EPA-rated 33 miles on battery power alone, according to Chrysler—results not yet posted or detailed yet by the EPA, by the way. of which’s farther, for instance, than the 25 all-electric miles Toyota’s Prius Prime can cover.
Drivers, however, may have a hard time testing of which claim. While some different plug-in-hybrid versions—especially those of which will go This specific far on a charge, like the Prius Prime or the Chevrolet Volt—have a way to lock out the gasoline engine as long as there’s significant charge inside battery pack, the Pacifica hybrid doesn’t. Its single mode runs as a hybrid—a hybrid of which, provided you don’t take off too quickly, drive too fast, or head up a hill of which’s too steep, keeps the gasoline V-6 off and also also also uses the battery’s charge instead.
This specific’s about the simplest interface possible for a plug-in hybrid—so simple of which greenies looking to gamify the driving experience might feel a bit disappointed (although they do get some great trip-computer screens). You charge the battery, which takes just two hours which has a 240-volt charger. The system runs exclusively on electricity, provided you don’t dip too deeply into the accelerator pedal. Then, when the portion of battery capacity of which’s reserved for EV operation is usually exhausted, the vehicle turns into a hybrid. There are no special selections you can make for locking in electric operation or for saving battery charge for later. The odd irony is usually of which if you want to save your all-electric operation for later, the way to do This specific is usually to drive more aggressively.
Chrysler also boasts of which the Pacifica is usually the most fuel-efficient minivan ever, which has a fuel-economy rating of 84 MPGe, yet of which’s another figure of which isn’t at all straightforward and also also also warrants some explanation. Not to be confused with miles per gallon (mpg), MPGe is usually, as the EPA puts This specific, a metric based on energy content of which can be used to compare across different vehicle technologies and also also also fuels. To get to MPGe, the EPA uses a conversion factor: a gallon of pump gasoline has 115,000 BTUs of energy (or 33.7 kWh, in plug-in terms). The E10 fuel (10 percent ethanol) of which’s most widely offered inside United States is usually lower in energy content, as 100 percent ethanol has just 76,000 BTU, or 22.3 kWh.
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The Pacifica hybrid probably has the right idea for busy minivan-driving parents: Plug in as often as you can, and also also also the system will do the rest, helping to make your gas-station visits far less frequent.