The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid plug-in hybrid has a life-cycle global warming impact that’s 31% less than that of the previous-generation minivan, and 24% less than its 2017 gas-powered stablemate, according to an analysis by Fiat Chrysler (FCA).
FCA’s engineers used an industry-standard software tool that determines Global Warming Potential (GWP), considering not only fuel consumption, but also the environmental impact of fuel production and delivery. The calculations are based on 120,000 miles of operation.
The Pacifica Hybrid delivers a 24% reduction in GWP compared to its non-hybrid cousin, despite the fact that it’s approximately 650 pounds heavier, thanks to the weight of its 16 kWh battery pack.
Compared with the legacy Chrysler minivan, the Pacifica Hybrid could account for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 21 metric tons over 120,000 miles.
“And that’s for a single Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid,” noted Phil Jansen, Head of Product Development. “With each one that drives off a dealer’s lot, the emissions savings are multiplied accordingly.”
The new PHEV will begin arriving at US dealerships this quarter. Pricing starts at $41,995.