The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is 31 percent friendlier to the environment than the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, Fiat Chrysler says.
The 31 percent figure was calculated by FCA engineers who used industry standard software to determine the Pacifica hybrid’s Global Warming Potential (GWP). A vehicle’s GWP considers the environmental impact of fuel production and delivery to gas stations, along with the vehicle’s fuel consumption figures.
The calculations are based on 120,000 miles of operation and look to find out the anticipated C02-equivalent greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions over that period. The Pacific Hybrid accounts for a 21-metric-tonne reduction in CO2 equivalent compared to Chrysler’s outgoing minvans. And that’s for one single Pacifica Hybrid.
“With each one that drives off a dealer’s lot, the emissions-savings are multiplied accordingly,” FCA product boss Phil Jansen said in a statement. “The introduction of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid represents a major milestone for the auto industry, as well as society at large.”
FCA says a single Pacifica Hybrid can save the equivalent C02 emissions of 22 American households annually. That’s also equivalent to 14 commercial flights from Detroit to Los Angeles and equal to driving a passenger vehicle more than 50,000 miles.
The 2017 Pacifica Hybrid is powered by specially adapted version of Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, which is mated to a special electronically variable transmission with twin electric motors. From a full charge, the van can return the equivalent of 84 miles-per-gallon.