Chrysler Shows First Plug-In Minivan
Chrysler invented the minivan more than 30 years ago, creating such a compelling new car segment that all other carmakers were forced to follow suit, most with nowhere near the sales success, with the possible exception of Honda's Odyssey.
The newly redesigned (the last being way back in 2008) model that Chrysler unveiled at the Detroit car show this week wil introduce another first: the first minivan to incorporate an electric hybrid (plug-in) drive system. Besides claiming to introduce 37 "minivan firsts," Wards Auto notes of the new Pacifica:
"The plug-in hybrid teams two electric motors with a 3.6L Pentastar V-6 and utilizes the storage space under the second-row floor for its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Chrysler says recharge time on a Level 2 (240-volt) charger is 2 hours and that electric-only range is 30 miles (48 km)."
Chrysler says the plug-in model will go on sale in mid-2016. No pricing has been announced yet.
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