Chrysler engineers have been hard at work designing alternative energy designs in order to develop the new Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). This model is being pushed through the final stages of testing currently, which means it could head into production at the end of this year or early next year. This advanced model could just be the future the an entire industry.
According to AutoNews, the PHEV will feature a 3.6-liter V6 engine to do most of the heavy lifting, while two electric motors will supplement power. Lithium-ion battery systems can store enough electricity to power the Pacifica for up to 30 miles on pure electricity. Overall, the PHEV is expected to get about 80 MPGe—among the highest ever for a minivan.
This is not the first time Chrysler has developed a hybrid model. In fact, the Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen were both launched in 2009 with hybrid trims. However, only about 1,000 of these hybrid vehicles were made and the new Pacifica PHEV shares little with these older generations of hybrids.
No word yet on specific details, like EPA testing and cost, but Chrysler promises a Pacifica like never before. We can’t wait to see this highly advanced model in action.