First week with our new plug-in minivan, the Pacifica Hybrid

First week with our new plug-in minivan, the Pacifica Hybrid

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Pacifica Hybrid plugged into Level 2 EV ChargerPacifica Hybrid plugged into Level 2 EV Charger

Charging at Jon’s work

Driving our new plug-in Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has been wonderful this week. With the exception of 1 drawback, which I’ll get to later , we’ve got been very happy with this plug-in hybrid minivan.  The acceleration is enjoyable, thus far I’ve skilled 95kW all electrical torque launching us ahead from a cease with out the interior combustion engine ever partaking.  The mixed horsepower is 260hp (194 kW).  Cornering is tight with low roll, most likely because of the low heart of gravity from the battery pack within the ground and the 18″ rims.  I particularly love the heated steering wheel and heated seats, which assist me maintain the principle local weather management system off besides after I want the defogger.  The trip may be very quiet, even when the gasoline engine kicks in.

fuel gauge showing 7/8th of a tank of gasfuel gauge showing 7/8th of a tank of gas

We’ve used lower than 2 gallons of gasoline and pushed over 230 miles.

This week we’ve got pushed 255 miles this week with 217 in all electrical, 48 in hybrid mode and nonetheless have 7/eighth of the first tank of gasoline .  Our hybrid gas financial system is at present 27 MPG and climbing from the 18 MPG once we acquired it from the supplier.

We’ve tried charging at dwelling (plugged into commonplace 110V outlet), quick charging (stage 2 -240V) at my work and at a public charging station. The 14 hours for a full cost at house is a very gradual, so we’re trying into having a stage 2 charger put in. 

screen shot from uConnect showing mileage drivenscreen shot from uConnect showing mileage driven

Screen shot from iPhone app exhibiting car data throughout the week.

We’re not the one ones having fun with it, the youngsters love the leisure system, though they’ve solely been capable of apply it to brief drives.  Our son discovered Sudoku, chess and different video games.  Now they negotiate for the center seats as an alternative of the entrance seat.

The one drawback we’ve got had began at 180 miles, when the “Service Hybrid Electric Vehicle System” warning mild got here on.  We have been in contact with our native Chrysler service heart and with the dealership the place we purchased the minivan.  Unfortunately as a result of the hybrid system remains to be new, the earliest appointment we may get was a number of weeks out.  They assured us that we are able to safely proceed driving it between from time to time.  We’ll present an replace on how that works out.

All in all, we’re loving our Pacifica Hybrid on the finish of week one.

Happy Greening!

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