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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Van Achieves 84 MPGe Rating from EPA

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Van Achieves 84 MPGe Rating from EPA

By Philly Murtha, November 30, 2016
This week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) said that its redesigned 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid van received a fuel-efficiency rating from the U.S. EPA of 84 MPGe (miles-per-gallon equivalent) in electric-only mode during combined city and highway driving. FCA officials also said that the new Chrysler hybrid van set a benchmark for minivans and earned the highest-possible “10” rating in the EPA’s Green Vehicle Guide. The Pacifica Hybrid relies on what the automaker calls eFlite EVT technology that features a dual-motor and one-way clutch system.

FCA officials said the new hybrid midsize van, which has a starting list price of $34,495, including a federal tax credit, exceeded the initial fuel-economy target of 80 MPGe, or how much energy is equal to distance on a gallon of gasoline. In addition, the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid also achieved a total hybrid driving system range of 566 miles. In electric-only mode, the range was rated at 33 miles.

FCA’s latest in-house eFlite technology uses a one-way clutch that allows the motor used only as a generator to deliver torque to the wheels, depending on driving conditions, according to company officials. The Pacifica Hybrid’s 16-kWh Lithium-ion battery pack is located under the second-row floor, keeping the rear cargo area roomy and preserving room for 7 passengers with the third-row Stow 'n Go seating and storage.

Recharging the battery can take as little as 2 hours using a 240-volt charger, available from Mopar through dealers. With a 120-volt charger, which comes standard with the vehicle, the Pacifica Hybrid can be fully recharged in 14 hours, the company says. The vehicle also benefits from regenerative braking.

When the battery’s charge reaches a low point, the Pacifica Hybrid becomes a part-time electric vehicle. Power to the wheels is supplied by the electric drive system or supplemented by a specially adapted gasoline-powered 3.6-liter V-6 engine that uses the Atkinson combustion-cycle system to further improve efficiency.

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