Now a part of Stellantis Group, Chrysler is making the transition to electric vehicles with technological input and engineering sharing from its group-mate automakers Peugeot and Citroën. While its transition to full EVs is forthcoming, Chrysler has made one of the most popular PHEVs in the US: the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the only plug-in minivan available today and the only plug-in hybrid currently produced by Chrysler. It’s also one of the best-selling plug-in hybrids on US roads, selling over 14,392 units in 2022 alone.
Stellantis is investing billions of dollars into electrification, creating four EV platforms that will be shared with every member of the 14-automaker strong group, including Chrysler: STLA Small, STLA Medium, STLA Large and STLA Frame. The fruition of Chrysler's EV efforts culminated in the 400hp 400-mile range Chrysler Airflow SUV concept. Debuting at CES 2022 and a projected release date of 2025, the Airflow demonstrates where Chrysler's EV future lies as it transitions to a fully electric line-up by 2028.
The Chrysler Pacifica is an attractive, eco-friendly family-hauling minivan. As a hybrid, it combines a 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with two electric motors to generate 260-horsepower. While it provides plenty of power and excellent handling, the Pacifica Hybrid’s most desirable feature is its impressive efficiency.
The gas-powered Pacifica earns a rating of 22 miles per gallon from the Environmental Protection Agency. But thanks to its 16 kilowatt-hour battery pack and electric powertrain, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is estimated to provide 82 MPGe equivalent. The dual power systems also grant the Pacifica plug-in hybrid with a total range of 520 miles, compared to the standard version’s 418 miles.
Notably, the Pacifica Hybrid offers an all-electric range of 32 miles. That allows many Pacifica drivers to commute or run typical daily errands without using any gasoline. Even after the 16 kWh battery pack is depleted, the Pacifica achieves 30 mpg—a considerable improvement in efficiency over the conventional version of the minivan.
This impressive level of efficiency for a vehicle that can carry seven people in comfort was not possible before the EV era. The seating configuration is very comfortable, with two captain’s chairs in the second row and a comfortable bench seating for three in the back. Other notable features include a built-in vacuum cleaner.
Many plug-in hybrids use a 3.3 kilowatt charger. Fortunately, Chrysler equips the Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid with a faster 6.6 kW onboard charger. That allows drivers to fully recharge the Pacifica in about two hours when using a 240 volt supply of electricity.
The JuiceBox® 32 is an excellent choice for a home charging station to use with the Chrysler Pacifica. As a 32 amp charging station, it provides enough power for the minivan’s full 6.6 kW capability.
The Pacifica doesn’t provide quick-charging capability because it isn’t needed for a plug-in vehicle with a relatively small 16 kWh battery pack. A Level 2 charging station, like any of JuiceBox’s lineup of connected charging stations, can fully charge the vehicle in its promised two hours.
Pacifica Hybrid drivers always have the option to use a standard 120 volt household outlet to recharge. But that only adds three to four miles of range in an hour. Meanwhile, drivers who can charge at home or work during the day with a 240 volt charging station can pick up at least 15 or so miles of electric range in a single hour. That allows Pacifica drivers to displace the maximum number of miles that others would require consuming gasoline and emitting tailpipe emissions.