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Pacifica PHEV, Bolt, and Tesla

by David Zatz on

September will likely be a fine month for alternative-energy cars; German companies announced massive investments, Chevrolet showed off the 2017 Bolt, and the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid is likely to finally start production.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans

Pacifica. Sources have told us that the main issue preventing Pacifica PHEV production had nothing to do with the propulsion system, and has been resolved, so it’s likely we will see production models in October. FCA may have put these vans through extra testing since they are bound to get extra scrutiny.

The world’s first plug-in hybrid minivan, the Pacifica carries an projected city mileage of 80 MPGe and a range of 30 miles on electric power alone; there is a gasoline engine as well, both for power and range. Its battery can be recharged in two hours on 240 volts.

Chevrolet Bolt. With a federally tested range of 238 miles on one charge — more than double any competitor near its price — the Chevy electric car easily beats the estimated range of Tesla’s maybe-next-year Model 3.  Its full recharge time is nine hours.

The Bolt is to sell for $37,500, with a $7,500 federal tax credit taking it down to $30,000 for the first 200,000 cars per automaker, and Tesla may be closer to that limit than GM. Some Bolt and Model 3 buyers will likely pay $7,500 more than they’d thought.

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