Chrysler debuted the Pacifica Hybrid minvan this year at NAIAS 2016 (or Detroit Auto Show if you will), stating the plug-in would arrive in the second half of 2016.

Then they said nothing.  

Reid Bigland, President and CEO, FCA Canada, brings the Pacifica Hybrid out of hiding to accept $85.8 million in funding from Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, at the FCA Windsor Assembly Plant where it will be built

Reid Bigland, President and CEO, FCA Canada, brings the Pacifica Hybrid out of hiding to accept $85.8 million in funding from Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, at the FCA Windsor Assembly Plant where it will be built

Sure there was a story shortly thereafter related via LG Chem, on the battery maker getting the contract to build Pacifica Hybrid batteries in its Holland, Michigan plant in February.

And the company also had to resurface in June to accept a $85.8 million in Canadian dollars ($65M USD) for the funding of the production facility in Windsor, Ontario.  But other than that, it has been all quiet.

So by way of a PSA (public service announcement), we bring you visual proof that the 30 mile extended range minivan is still on its way, as Gabe Caunt (via Doug B) sent us exclusive photographic evidence of an actual Pacifica Hybrid out testing on public roads.

Seen (above) in all black - which science (and common sense) tells us is the best color for any EV, the Pacifica Hybrid pre-production vehicle was sporting Michigan manufacturing plates; although apparently it must have been on a long-distance test, as it was 1,200 miles away from home in Denver.

As for the second half of 2016 release date, given what we know of the production schedules at Chrysler's WAP facility (Windsor Assembly Plant), look for the Pacifica Hybrid no sooner than November.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Cutaway

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Cutaway

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid At NAIAS In Detroit in January (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid At NAIAS In Detroit in January (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Some more info on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid:

  • 30 miles of all-electric range and 80 MPGe fuel economy
  • all-electric mode capable of over 120 km/h (75 mph)
  • 16 kWh battery, which of course qualifies the van for $7,500 in federal tax credit money
  • batteries are liquid-cooled (same basic system as the Bolt EV - cells contact an aluminum fin that conducts the heat to a cooling plate), consists of six 16-cell modules
  • NMC cathode and graphite anode chemistry, with one of the highest densities for any PHEV at 193 W·h/kg
  • 2-hour charging capability
  • 3.6-liter Pentastart V6 petrol engine; in this case with a lowered output to 248hp with 230lb ft of torque, and two electric motors
  • second-row seats also can be removed, but the battery takes up the area normally reserved for "stow-n-go" seating
  • pricing has yet to be announced, but we thing the "mid 40s" is a good bet
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