Hybrid 101

Get up to speed on plug-in hybrid and electrified driving with this handy guide and be on your way to finding the perfect family vehicle.

The Wide World of Powertrains

When it comes to power, there are four basic kinds of vehicles currently on the market: an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), Electric Vehicle (EV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). The Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid, for example, is a PHEV which uses a combination of battery-powered electric motor and gas-powered hybrid engine. Each of the four commonly available powertrains offers unique advantages depending on a driver’s needs and lifestyle. Know the difference and shop with confidence.

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE (ICE)

Most automobiles use gasoline to power an internal combustion engine (ICE). These all-gas vehicles are usually the least expensive to buy, but they can be more expensive to maintain and to fuel. ICE powertrains also create more tailpipe emissions than hybrid or electric vehicles.

HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE (HEV)

Hybrids or HEVs use both gas and electric power. With help from a gasoline engine and regenerative braking, the battery stays charged up while driving. Hybrids get better fuel economy than non-hybrid gas-only vehicles, but they can’t be plugged in or drive on electricity alone.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV)

Thanks to having a larger battery than HEVs, EVs can drive without any gas or tailpipe emissions. They usually cost less to fuel and maintain due to relatively high petroleum prices and few components under the hood. Charging can take some time, so it’s necessary to plan routes ahead of travel to know where to charge along the way.

PLUG-IN HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE (PHEV)

MPGe Explained

Fuel efficiency is measured differently for vehicles running on non-liquid fuels like battery power. MPGe, or miles per gallon equivalent, compares the amount of energy a gas-only vehicle uses to travel one mile with the amount of energy an electric vehicle uses to travel the same distance. For example, since one gallon of gas is equivalent to 33.7 kilowatt hours (kwh) of electricity and the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid gets 82 MPGe, it uses 33.7 kwh of electricity to travel 82 miles.

Tap into Electricity


Look around and you’ll notice that more and more charging stations are being added to public parking lots around the country. More charging options paired with a manufacturer’s estimated 32-mile all-electric range in the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid means you can run errands and pick up the kids without spending anything on gas. For those longer treks, an impressive manufacturer’s estimated 520 total mile range has got you covered. And for families who aren’t sure a totally electric vehicle is for them, the Plug-in Hybrid is a great way to explore what electrification has to offer before committing entirely.

Charging Made Simple
Charging Made Simple
Power Up at Home

A charging station isn’t necessary for the 2024 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid, which comes with a Level 1 charging cord that can plug into any power outlet and fully recharges the vehicle in 14 hours. The available Chrysler Brand Level 2 EV Home Charging Station charges the vehicle much faster, about two hours, and features a quick-release mount that’s weatherproof for both indoor and outdoor installation.

Professional
Installation

We’ve teamed up with Qmerit to make installing a faster charger more convenient. For the smart-home minded, the charging unit includes built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity for mobile control. The smart grid optimization allows you to reduce energy costs by charging at low-rate times and participate in available programs to further lower the cost of owning and driving your Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid.

PURCHASE LEVEL 2
CHARGER

CONVENIENT INSTALLATION

Qmerit will contact you to schedule an installation time that works best for you.

VETTED PROS

Qmerit certified installers are licensed, insured and rigorously screened.

TOP-RATED CUSTOMER
SERVICE

If your EV charger ever needs servicing, you can be sure Qmerit will be there to help.

Charge with
Every Stop

Using the built-in regenerative braking feature, the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid can help charge the battery when braking or stopping. When enabled in the “L” drive mode, the standard Max Regeneration cluster messaging icon appears to assure you of the increased system regeneration.

Savings
Savings
Shop Smart

Make your fuel go further. Choosing a PHEV over a gas vehicle could save you time and money with less trips to the pump. Sounds like a win-win.

Replenish the Rainy-Day Fund

With the purchase of a Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid minivan, you may be eligible for a $7,500 tax credit. This nonrefundable credit doesn’t carry over year-to-year, so make sure you take advantage while you can. You may receive a portion of the tax credit even if your tax liability is below $7,500.

STATE AND LOCAL INCENTIVES

You may be able to take advantage of state and local incentives.

IRS TAX CALCULATOR

Click the link below to better estimate your scenario with the IRS tax calculator.

APPLY FOR YOUR FEDERAL TAX CREDIT

Download the attached form to apply for your federal tax credit.

FAQ

Visit the FAQ page to learn more about credits and rebates.

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