Chrysler Says Pacifica Hybrid Has 31% Less Impact On Environment Than Previous Gen Minivan

JAN 11 2017 BY MARK KANE 20

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient minivan ever, rated at 84 MPGe by the EPA, and as one might expect, the vehicle also holds lowest GHG emissions in its class.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid cutaway

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid cutaway

The plug-in hybrid version of the Pacifica reduces GHG emissions by 21-metric-tonne (or over 31%) over first 120,000 miles of operation compared to previous generation according to Chrysler; amazing what a 16 kWh van and a 33 mile all-electric range can do for you!

“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.Such calculations are based on 120,000 miles (200,000 km) of operation. And improvements are measured by contrasting anticipated 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-tonne reduction in CO2e GHG emissions.

“And that’s for a single Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid,” noted Phil Jansen, Head of Product Development. “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”
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

The difference between a plug-in Pacifica Hybrid and its conventional gasoline-powered stablemate is 24%, despite the fact the batteries makes the van some 650 lbs heavier.

More energy dense batteries in the future will of course provide even better results.

“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.

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 (EPA). No minivan has ever been rated higher.”

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is expected to arrive by the end of January.

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20 Comments on "Chrysler Says Pacifica Hybrid Has 31% Less Impact On Environment Than Previous Gen Minivan"

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The big question is, when will they start sending these to dealers? I think a plug-in minivan will do quite well in sales across the country!

There are reports that the first ones have been delivered to customers this week.
Would be nice to see an “official” evt report on this.

If Toyota dealers across the gulf states are goig to refuse to stock up the Prius Prime, what would make us think that Fiat is going to push the Pacifica PHEV beyond regulation requirements?

Another industrial point of view

This indeed could become a problem. In Europe it seems that Prius Prime won’t be sold during this 1st quarter. Would those delays hide a profit margin issue ? Were those cars priced to aggressively ? Those are complicated car to make (thus likely expensive to make).

I think Jay recently commented that FCA needs Pacifica Hybrid for national efficiency numbers. Perhaps Toyota needs only to satisfy a state (CARB) game, with Prime?

At least give Toyota several months to roll stock out as they cant buid 10k in a day…

I doubt soccer moms are going to have much interest in having a L2 charger installed. This will be a slow seller.

The Chevy Volt has the same size battery and many people use 120V exclusively for charging. I don’t see any reason for this vehicle to be any different. Why charge fast when you have all night?

I found
1 in stock on the west coast – Boardwalk Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
2 in stock in the North Central US – Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Warrenton

Chrysler may want to dial back on the production output … they’re flooding the market. /sarc

None listed in the L.A. area on

does this only calculate the emission or it includes the emissions involved in the production of the car?

Saw that one is on it’s way to being delivered to a San Franciso dealership. Guess we’ll see them trickle in slowly but surely.

Seems to me the CEO of FCA is his own worst enemy. He has talked against electric vehicles. Yet He can’t build enough Plugin minivans to satisfy the demand. Perhaps FCA really does need to merge with another company so they can replace their CEO.

Shut up and take my money!

Anxiously awaiting arrival of these in Ohio… I expect to be among the first in my state to have one.

There are a lot of details I would change to make this even better, even more efficient, and more electric, but this is far more than good enough to be my next primary vehicle, especially at the price offered.

I have been inquiring dealerships in Arkansas as well. I have found two that seem to know what is going on and have been told they have an allocation for the 3rd week of February to enter production. Maybe I will be able to get one soon too. 😀

At this point the overwrought disparagement of “compliance car” is correct.

FCAU needs to work on their fleet mileage as well as reduce their dependence on buying ZEV credits from competitors. My guess is that the sale of 10,000 in 2017 won’t significantly mitigate their Fleet Economy problem, but it would definitely unburden them of ZEV protection payments. Of course they’ll be trading R&D amortization for ZEV credit savings on the Income Statement, but still it’s nice not to have to go to Tesla, Nissan or GM and hand them $Ms.

Probably the most significant affect from the Bolt, Prius Prime, and Pacifica PHEV will be the continued decline in the market value of credits. That’s pretty much the point of CARB’s rule, isn’t it? Get manufacturers to take action to avoid penalties, and that’s happening.

That’s why they call it “compliance”.

That’s 10,000 sales in CARB states, of course.

The fllet fuel economy problem is irrevelavant as their will now be no fines till 2019 I beleive…
And Trump isnt even in office…

IIUC, that 31% is just taking into account the lower fuel consumption. However, energy & materials embodies in construction (particularly the battery) should also be considered.


Any talk of emissions reductions that does not consider the vehicle’s whole life cycle is incomplete and potentially worse than useless.