Pacifica Hybrid Has Lower Environmental Impact Than Conventional Pacifica


Engineers at Fiat Chrysler have calculated the total environmental impact of the new Pacifica Hybrid and determined that over 120,000 miles, it is 31% more environmentally friendly than its sibling, the internal combustion powered Town and Country minivan.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

The software used by FCA engineers determines Global Warming Potential, which takes into account the environmental impact of fuel production and delivery, along with the implications of the vehicle’s own fuel consumption.

Improvements are measured by contrasting anticipated C02 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions, with those of comparable vehicles. CO2e, is a term for describing various greenhouse gases as a common unit. For any quantity and type of greenhouse gas, CO2e signifies the amount of carbon dioxide that would have the equivalent effect on global warming.

The numbers show that over 120,000 miles of driving, the Pacifica Hybrid will produce 21 metric tons fewer CO2e greenhouse gas emissions. Put in other terms, a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s potential emissions savings are equivalent to:

  • the average annual C02 output of 22 American households
  •  14 commercial flights from Detroit to Los Angeles
  •  driving the average U.S. passenger vehicle more than 50,000 miles

The Pacifica Hybrid delivers a 24% reduction in Global Warming Potential when compared with its gasoline powered twin, the regular Pacifica minivan. That is despite the fact that the plug-in hybrid version weighs 650 pounds more. The Pacifica Hybrid’s unique powertrain helps offset the effects of added weight. It features a specially adapted version of the award-winning 3.6-liter V-6 engine, mated to a dual motor, eFlite electrically variable transmission.

This advanced technology helped the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan achieve a fuel-economy rating of 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That is far higher than any previous minivan and most cars currently for sale to American consumers.

Look for the Pacifica Hybrid in dealer showrooms before the end of March starting as low as $34,495 after the federal tax credit but excluding any state or local incentives.

Source: Electric Cars Report

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  • Jim Smith

    assuming stow and go seats are not an option on the electrified Pacifica? It is a sharp looking vehicle. Can’t wait to see what the competition brings. Good times…

    • Steve Hanley

      Stow n Go are not available on the Hybrid model, but the seat backs all fold flat for long articles to slide in and out easily.

      • J_JamesM

        I thought I heard that it had stow and go for the back-most seats, but not the middle.

        • Steve Hanley

          I am not a minivan expert. I am under the impression that the Stow and Go feature applies only to the middle row seats but am happy to be corrected by anyone who has actual knowledge!

  • jetrod

    A “potential” 24 % reduction in CO2, and “anticipated” CO2 from the hybrid.
    These words don’t inspire confidence.
    Neither does stopping the test at 120,000 miles. Why not do the expected life of the car, or does the inevitable replacement of certain parts(batteries?) make the hybrid worse?
    Just askin’…..

    • Steve Hanley

      Don’t know. Skepticism is OK, especially with new technology. I know nothing of the battery in the Pacifica, but long life seems to be the expectation for hybrid batteries. Some Prius’s have 300,000 + miles in taxi service.

      Not many high mileage plug-in hybrids yet, though.

    • Batteries in hybrids last forever — well over 200,000 miles. In most vehicles, controls and other parts give up the ghost long before that.

      • jetrod

        My current 1997 ranger has 385,000 miles on it. So it would have had its batteries replaced at least once(at great expense)or it would have been crushed and another vehicle would have to be made to replace it. Neither is very environmentally friendly and both likely worse then continuing to drive my little 4-banger

        • With a 20-year-old safety system, your truck is a deathtrap. And while you’ve dragged your feet on buying a more fuel-efficient vehicle or hybrid, your emissions have killed people. What’s so great about that?

      • jetrod

        Batteries do not last forever, not even close. My current car has 285,000 miles and is running fine, a couple more years and it will have outlived two sets of batteris and not created the toxic mess those batteries will. Not everybody can afford to waste money on unproven claims. But if you want to listen to rich people like David Suzuki, that fly around the world regularly, you go ahead and buy a battery laden car, can’t wait to see what disposing of dead batteries costs on top of buying new ones in a couple years, especially if you live in a cold climate.

  • bioburner

    84 MPGe from a mini-van is pretty good! We need many more like this and hopefully not priced too high.

  • Chris Jordan

    What is most interesting is that without stow and go options (for battery room probably) will the customary lowering floors for wheelchair ramps and/or headroom in door frames be available? I have a Chrysler T & C with a lowered floor and a ramp that gets terrible gas mileage but it would not be a step up if I cannot get in!

    • Steve Hanley

      That’s an excellent question, Chris. You can contact the FCA Mobility Group for an answer. Please let us know what you find out and we will share the information with our readers.

      Here’s the link:

  • Isn’t this a no brainer? Now, will Fiat Chrysler be the first with an all-electric minivan, if for no other reason to counteract all of those illegal diesels?

  • Sten

    Please add 4 wheel drive option.

    “the average annual C02 output of 22 American households”, so about equal to twice the average American’s household annual CO2.