The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid delivers the best of both electric and gas power. Powered by an electric motor and gasoline engine, the Pacifica Hybrid automatically switches between electric power and hybrid power based on driving situations. It's never been easier to get the efficiency you want with a surprisingly extensive driving range.
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid At a Glance
While we will explore the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid in great depth, we wanted to open with some key points:
- The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid matches innovative dual-motor eFlite electrically variable transmission (EVT) with a specially-modified version of the upgraded 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 gasoline engine, which sports an Atkinson cycle combustion system.
- It's the first electrified vehicle in the minivan segment rated at 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode, 33 mile all-electric range and total range of 566 miles.
- It features a 16-kWh battery pack under the second-row floor, so as to keep the rear cargo area as roomy as possible and to preserve third-row Stow ‘n GoTM seating.
- To provide additional electric range by charging the battery, the regenerative braking system converts kinetic energy into electricity.
- Pacifica Hybrid qualifies for $7,500 federal tax credit and may qualify for additional state and local incentives.
Similar to the gas-powered Pacifica model, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid introduces its award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 gasoline engine, yet this iteration is specially adapted to align with the innovative, Fiat-Chrylser Automobiles (FCA) US-designed eFlite dual-motor electrically variable transmission (EVT). Being the industry’s first electrified minivan, the Pacifica Hybrid offers an estimated 260 total system horsepower along with an estimated range of 33 miles solely on zero-emissions electric power from a 16-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery.
While in electric-only mode, the Pacifica Hybrid achieved an efficiency rating of 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.
What is an eFlite Electrically Variable Transmission (EVT)?
The key technology that makes this all work is the innovative eFlite EVT. Engineered by FCA US, eFlite EVT features two electric motors. Both motors have the capability to drive the vehicle’s wheels.
In a conventional electrification scheme, one motor is dedicated to serving as a generator and a second motor, which is usually much larger than the first motor, delivers torque to the wheels. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, however, employs a one-way clutch, which actually allows the motor typically used only as a generator to send torque to the wheels, depending on driving conditions. As you can imagine, the end result is increased efficiency, refinement and improved component packaging.
Whether you are in electric or hybrid mode for your typical city and highway driving, the blended plug-in hybrid technology delivers a seamless driving experience. In fact, during normal driving conditions, the top speed in all-electric mode is an impressive 75 mph.
When the battery’s depletion reaches a certain threshold, the Pacifica Hybrid becomes a part-time electric vehicle, more like a conventional hybrid vehicle, to efficiently maximize energy needs in existing conditions. Power is delivered to the wheels via the electric drive system or supplemented by a specially-adapted version of the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine.
A Truly Unique Hybrid Engine
Based on Pentastar engine architecture updated from the previous model, the new hybrid engine has an Atkinson cycle combustion system for better pumping efficiency with no compromise to vehicle performance. This is because its hybrid electric motors are working together with the engine when full load performance is required. The Atkinson cycle leaves the intake valve open longer before combustion, which helps to decrease pumping losses for increased efficiency.
Unique "handed" pistons deliver a compression ratio increase to 12.5:1 for more thermodynamic efficiency improvement.
Further, the front cover and front accessory drive system were re-engineered to account for the removal of the alternator and power steering pump, which is common to most hybrid engines.
Additional upgrades to the specially-adapted 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 eHybrid engine include friction reduction improvements, as well as ignition and fuel injection improvements. Gone are the two-step valve lift and cooled exhaust gas recirculation as the Atkinson cycle combustion system has been added.
Since Pacifica Hybrid owners could drive for weeks (or even months) using just the battery power, the Pacifica Hybrid constantly monitors the average age of fuel in the tank to ensure you are getting optimal performance from your gasoline. In fact, when needed, the Pacifica Hybrid can automatically shift from electric to hybrid mode to use any fuel that is more than 90 days old; this eliminates the need to add a fuel stabilizer.
How Recharging Works
The Pacifica Hybrid’s 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack made in the U.S.A. by LG Chem in Holland, Michigan, is discretely stored under the second-row floor, which keeps the rear cargo area as roomy as can be and preserves the third-row Stow ‘n Go seating and storage, in addition to room for seven passengers.
The exterior charge port is found on the driver’s side fender for quick and easy charging. Inside the vehicle, there is a charging indicator light on the instrument panel, so you can monitor the battery charge process from a distance.
The battery pack, which is covered by up to a 10-year/150,000-mile transferable warranty, is capable of being fully recharged via the 6.6-kWh on-board charger in as little as two hours using a 240-volt (Level 2) charger that is available from Mopar through dealers. The Pacifica Hybrid can be completely recharged in just about 14 hours with the 120-volt (Level 1) charger that comes standard with the vehicle purchase or lease. You can even schedule your charging times for optimal electricity usage to take advantage of off-peak rates. Level 3 chargers and "superchargers" cannot be used for charging the Pacifica Hybrid.
The Role of Regenerative Braking
The Pacifica Hybrid’s fully-blended regenerative braking system converts kinetic energy to electricity whenever the driver slows. This charges the lithium-ion battery to help provide additional electric range. When the Pacifica Hybrid is decelerating from a higher speed, the high-voltage motor then becomes a generator to charge to the battery, extending the electric range. When the driver is not in an emergency braking situation, the Pacifica Hybrid uses regenerative braking down to about 8 mph, when it switches over to traditional friction braking.
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Warranty Information
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty. Beyond that, the High Voltage Battery Limited Warranty is good for 10-year/150,000 miles in zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) states and 10-year/100,000 miles in non-ZEV states. Currently, the 14 ZEV states include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.
Further, for the following parts, the Federal Emission Warranty covers the part for 8 years/80,000 miles, whichever occurs first. FCA US covers all these parts under the FCA US Limited Emission Warranty for 10 years or 100,000 miles, whichever occurs first. The covered parts are:
- catalytic converter; and
- powertrain control module.
The Warranty Coverage at A Glance graph in the 2019 Pacifica Hybrid Standard Factory Warranty Booklet provides an overview perspective of the above described Pacifica Hybrid warranties from 1 year/12,000 miles through 10 years/150,000 miles.
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