887 miles on first tank of gas in our minivan

We recently purchased a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan and we drove over 25 days and 887 miles before our first fill up at the pump. Over that time we only used 13.3 gallons of gasoline, which works out to 66.7 MPG for a 7 passenger minivan.  We have been charging the batteries whenever we can at home, at work and even at my in-laws.

image of trip info for Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Our first time putting gas in the Pacifica Hybrid

We hoped to make it to 1,000 miles before filling up, but we had a long road trip to New York for our daughter’s synchronized swimming meet and it wasn’t feasible to re-charge during the drive.

We had to buy gas for it for the first time during this trip so we learned a few things about our new car: I discovered that like our Ford C-Max Hybrid, the Pacifica does not have a gas cap, but a self closing valve.  We also learned that it has a 16.5 gallon tank (no good story here, we just looked it up!)

graph of electric vs hybrid miles driven

One of the features we’re enjoying is looking at the past 2 weeks driving history.  This particular snapshot is from March.  The 135 miles on Saturday was to drop our son off at a Boy Scout event in New Hampshire and pick him up in the evening.  The blank space on Tuesday was when we had one of the many blizzards this winter and stayed home in our warm insulated home

During our trip to NY we did try to  charge at one of the rest areas that advertised fast EV chargers, but it was rated for Tesla and higher than Level 2 DC charging. 

We’re really interested in taking a look at how much electricity we’re using versus how far we’re driving, and we’ve installed a ChargePoint home charger that tracks kW so we will have future posts with more numbers!

Stay tuned for more experiences with our plug-in Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

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

Pacifica Hybrid plugged into Level 2 EV Charger

Charging at Jon’s work

Driving our new plug-in Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has been amazing this week. With the exception of one problem, which I’ll get to later , we have been very pleased with this plug-in hybrid minivan.  The acceleration is fun, so far I’ve experienced 95kW all electric torque launching us forward from a stop without the internal combustion engine ever engaging.  The combined horsepower is 260hp (194 kW).  Cornering is tight with low roll, probably due to the low center of gravity from the battery pack in the floor and the 18″ rims.  I especially love the heated steering wheel and heated seats, which help me keep the main climate control system off except when I need the defogger.  The ride is very quiet, even when the gasoline engine kicks in.

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

We’ve used less than 2 gallons of gasoline and driven over 230 miles.

This week we have driven 255 miles this week with 217 in all electric, 48 in hybrid mode and still have 7/8th of the 1st tank of gas .  Our hybrid fuel economy is currently 27 MPG and climbing from the 18 MPG when we got it from the dealer.

We’ve tried charging at home (plugged into standard 110V outlet), fast charging (level 2 -240V) at my work and at a public charging station. The 14 hours for a full charge at home is a really slow, so we are looking into having a level 2 charger installed. 

screen shot from uConnect showing mileage driven

Screen shot from iPhone app showing vehicle information during the week.

We’re not the only ones enjoying it, the kids love the entertainment system, even though they’ve only been able to use it on short drives.  Our son found Sudoku, chess and other games.  Now they negotiate for the middle seats instead of the front seat.

The one problem we have had started at 180 miles, when the “Service Hybrid Electric Vehicle System” warning light came on.  We have been in touch with our local Chrysler service center and with the dealership where we bought the minivan.  Unfortunately because the hybrid system is still new, the earliest appointment we could get was a few weeks out.  They assured us that we can safely continue driving it between now and then.  We’ll provide an update on how that works out.

All in all, we are loving our Pacifica Hybrid at the end of week one.

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