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Meet the first retail hybrid minivan

by David Zatz on

Chrysler has produced its first official hybrid minivan for retail sale; production started yesterday.

Building a super-module

All Chrysler minivans are made in Windsor, Ontario, which has built them for 33 years — making 10 million of the people-movers (St. Louis built another 4.3 million).

battery

The batteries are installed under the floor, using a carefully shaped case, where the Stow ’n’ Go cavities would normally be. The hybrid vans have removable second row seats instead of the usual Stow ’n’ Go; they still have stowing rear (third row) seats.

The hybrid starts at $34,495, well equipped, after a $7,500 U.S. tax credit, and is to arrive at dealers “over the next several months.”

first Pacifica hybrid

Muscle car enthusiast Patrick Rall has taken the Pacifica Hybrid out for an extended test drive, and we have detailed coverage in our 2017 minivan powertrain page.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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