FCA Ramps Up Their EV/PHEV Push

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] FCA provides a 32A L2 cable and box for home installation with just a few clicks of your mouse.

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – January 21, 2020

    2020 Chrysler Pacifica PHEV-32 and Mopar 32A Charging Cable

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    Shoppers on Chrysler’s consumer website can now take advantage of a direct link to purchase Mopar’s 240-volt at-home electric vehicle (EV) charger and quality installation services.

    $599 -- Mopar Branded Webasto TurboDX Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger, Level 2, 240V, 32A, Electric Car Charger for All EVs, UL Listed, Automaker Approved, 25ft Cable

    FCA is taking steps to make buying an electric vehicle easier. Namely, the Chrysler brands website now features a direct link to purchase Mopar’s 240-volt wall charger on Amazon.com including installation services for any branded EV charger. This provides their customers a fast and convenient way to have a home charging solution installed and afterwards, charge their vehicles with nothing more than plugging it when coming home and unplugging it for your daily drive.

    Additionally, FCA will offer the same solution as the company launches more than 30 electrified nameplates by 2022.

    Among the questions for customers looking to make the switch to battery electric vehicles is where and how to set up a charger in their home. Through Amazon – Pacifica Hybrid, customers can purchase a charger, answer a few questions about their home, see an installation quote, then schedule online a quality and licensed electrician to complete the installation of their EV charger. The agreement makes the cost more transparent and the experience easier.

    FCA Vehicle Electrification

    FCA has recently announced its intermediate strategy for transitioning to EVs. The Ram 1500 and Jeep Wrangler with eTorque and the recently announced Fiat 500 and Panda mild hybrid systems are examples of the initial release of their mild-hybrid and short-range BEV technology on high volume vehicles. The Chrysler Pacifica PHEV is America’s first and only hybrid minivan, and its natural drive cycle as a local-use family vehicle benefits from a pure electric range of 32 miles, after which it continues to operate as a full hybrid with a 29/30 mpg city/highway.

    In 2020 FCA will bring seven new high-voltage EVs to its global lineup, including a number of electrified Jeep vehicles, a second gen Fiat 500 BEV, Fiat Ducato BEV and Maserati’s first hybrid.

    Through a partnership with Terna, an electricity provider in Italy, FCA will study how EVs interact with the distribution network. An experimental two-way charging infrastructure built within the Mirafiori district will provide energy from cars to the grid when electrical demand is high and return to vehicle charging when the demand is low.

    It has taken some time for FCA to come around but now that its road map has been announced, it will be interesting to watch the company’s product roll out over the next few years. :)
     
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  2. rhwinger

    rhwinger Well-Known Member

    A step in the right direction, for sure
     
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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    HI Bob:

    Sort of? I am driving the $47k 2019 Kia Niro EV this week. It includes the latest amenities and safety equipment but can it match this 2019 RAM 1500 Tradesman Crew Cab 4x2 with the EcoDiesel and 8-speed AT for < $26k? Two very different purposes of course but one just feels like it has far more value and especially size. Some may call that full sized pickup a detriment but you have ridden in RAM pickups before, they are large, can tow, haul, and carry tons while being extremely comfortable.

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    Wayne
     
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  4. litesong

    litesong litesong

    We have FCA less than two miles away, where I bought my 2007 Dodge Caliber. Should I buy a Maserati? Since Dodge & Chrysler products are known for their "opportunities" to be pushed, I don't think I have to pay $100,000+ for the pleasure to push vehicles. But I"m thinking of the burst of pride I'll gain, pushing a $100,000 Maserati, while wearing a tuxedo. :confused:
     
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  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Litesong:

    Doubtful anyone but a few will be purchasing a Maserati here. The Chrysler Pacifica PHEV-32 however... I am seeing the $43k retail mid-trim going for $35k. Take another $7,500 Fed TC off plus your states and the numbers get close to, "I'll Take It!" ;)

    2020 Chrysler Pacifica PHEV-32

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    Wayne
     
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  6. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    Might be a decent substitute for a recreational vehicle rather than the house on wheels variety. Two people could probably sleep comfortably stretched out in back with the fold into the floor seating.
     
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  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Bill:

    Indeed!

    2020 Chrysler Pacifica PHEV-32

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    Maximum cargo volume.​

    2020 Chrysler Pacifica PHEV-32 Cargo Volume Specifications

    Maximum Passenger Volume: 165.0 cu. ft.
    Maximum SAE Volume behind First Row: 140.5 cu. ft.
    Maximum SAE Volume behind Second Row: 87.5 cu. ft.
    Maximum SAE Volume behind Third Row: 32.3 cu. ft.

    Total Passenger plus Volume behind Third Row: 197.3 cu. ft.

    Wayne
     
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  8. litesong

    litesong litesong

    What a deal!!! Only the cost of our last 3 cars w/$4000 left in the bank. Our 3 cars have taken us 305,000 miles & two cars have NEVER needed any repairs. Oh, yeah. We can't get the $7500 Fed TC, cause we don't earn enough, plus our state is cheap. B-bbb-uuu-ttttt, its a deal, if we could take the deal, which we can't take the deal, cause we got no money to SWING the deal....even if we go to the SWINGS at the playground.
    Besides, I'm goin' ta SWING a deal on the Maserati....... NOT........ ONLY because I don't have taller wheels that will fit the Maserati. If you believe that, I got a Brooklyn Bridge to sell.
    :cool: I'm Maserati cool! :cool:
     
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  9. Trollbait

    Trollbait Well-Known Member

    Note that the second row seats can't fold into the floor like the non plug in because that is where the battery is.
     
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  10. BillLin

    BillLin MASS: 2018 Bolt EV and 2017 Prime

    Good point. Thanks. I'll have to rework my sleeping accommodations idea.
     
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