It’s official: The 100,000th Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivan has exited the end of the assembly line at the company’s Windsor assembly plant. This deserves recognition because the Pacifica was the first and is currently the only plug-in hybrid in its segment. But that’s not all. Since its launch in 2016 Chrysler says the Pacifica Hybrid is the third top-selling plug-in hybrid. It’s also the fifth best-selling plug-in hybrid over the last 10 years.
Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid Stats
The seven-passenger Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivan has an all-electric range of up to 32 miles. Chrysler says this translates to an efficiency of 82 miles per gallon equivalent. Thanks in part to the van’s 16.5-gallon fuel tank the Pacifica hybrid has a road trip-ready driving range of up to 520 miles. The Pacifica’s drivetrain includes a specially modified version of the Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 gas engine and a dual-motor eFlite electrically variable transmission. One motor generates 84 hp (63kW) and the other 114 hp (85 kW). The Pacifica’s 360V, 16 kWh battery pack is comprised of 96 lithium-ion cells. Chrysler says the 2023 model can be fully charged in 12 hours using the standard level 1 charging cable. Using a level 2 charger cuts the time to only 2 hours. Furthermore, the vehicle has regenerative braking to help charge the battery when braking or stopping.
More Features of the Pacifica Hybrid
The Uconnect 5 system in the Pacifica Hybrid includes the ability to choose when to charge the vehicle, in part to take advantage of less expensive electric rates. Uconnect 5 and the 10.1-inch color touchscreen also offer the ability to view your driving history and power flow among many other things. Other Pacifica Hybrid-specific features include 81 seating configurations, two trim levels (Select and Pinnacle), and it’s the only minivan eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit.
Is the Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid Going Away Soon?
In a recent press release Chrysler said it was planning to deliver its first all-electric vehicle in 2025 and would have an all-electric lineup by 2028. This offers hope that the Pacifica plug-in hybrid will be available for a few more years. For those who have embraced the electrified lifestyle but also want the van life, without range anxiety, the Pacifica Hybrid could be the hot ticket.