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Pacifica beat mpg estimates

by David Zatz on

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has beaten the company’s estimated gas-mileage-equivalent, turning in a stunning official 84 miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

No other minivan has ever come close to this rating.

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This reflects the combined city and highway figure for electric-only mode. The MPGe figure estimates “mileage” using fuel with the same energy content as a gallon of gasoline.

The EPA’s estimated total driving range is 566 miles, up from Chrysler’s estimated 530. The electric only range is set to 33 miles, higher than Chrysler’s 30. (Patrick Rall found he could travel further on pure electric.)

This all added up to a rating of 10 in the EPA Green Vehicle Guide, the first time a minivan has gained the top score.

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Head of Powertrain Bob Lee said, “A large share of credit goes to the vehicle’s e-Flite dual-motor electrically variable transmission (EVT).” Bob Lee said it was an FCA US invention; normally, one motor is set as a generator and a second as a power source, but the minivan uses a one-way clutch so only one motor is needed.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is under the second-row floor, eliminating second row folding seats (they can be taken out) but keeping third-row Stow ‘n Go seating and storage, plus room for seven passengers. Recharging can take as little as two hours using a 240-volt charger. When the 120-volt charger that comes with the van, a full recharge takes around 14 hours; the van also has regenerative braking, to recharge when stopping or slowing down.

When the battery power drops, the Pacifica Hybrid acts like a conventional hybrid, with all-electric or electric-and-gasoline power from the Pentastar V-6. This particular engine uses the hybrid-normal Atkinson cycle to cut pumping losses.  The standard non-electric Chrysler Pacifica minivan is rated at 18 mpg city, 28 highway; the only other electric FCA car, the Fiat 500e, is rated at 112 MPGe, combined.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica starts at $34,495 with a U.S. federal tax credit; state and local incentives can drop the price further.

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