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Move Over, Model X: Fully-Electric Chrysler Minivan Coming Soon?

If you want a family-friendly electric vehicle, your list of options might soon grow by one. A new report from Bloomberg, citing “unnamed sources,” suggests that Chrysler may debut a fully electric version of its Pacifica minivan at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Interestingly, the reported fully electric Pacifica would be in addition to a plug-in hybrid model that Chrysler’s already working on. That model, announced when the Pacifica first debuted earlier this year, will offer a 33-mile electric range before a gasoline engine takes over. The fully electric version would, of course, take things a considerable step further. See the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica models for sale near you

By rolling out a fully electric Pacifica, Chrysler would be the first to the market with an electric minivan. An electric Pacifica would also be one of the only fully electric family vehicles on the market, as most EVs are smaller compact cars — like the FIAT 500e, the Ford Focus Electric and the Nissan Leaf. Glaring exceptions, of course, are Tesla’s Model S sedan and Model X crossover, which also offer family-friendly interior room — but with, presumably, much higher price tags.

The news of a fully electric Pacifica comes only days after a report that Chrysler’s parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, will not roll out any new products at this year’s Detroit Auto Show — typically a popular launching pad for automotive debuts. Hot on the intersection of technology and cars, it appears FCA will instead focus its efforts on the Consumer Electronics Show — perhaps with the electric Pacifica, and perhaps with other debuts. Find a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica for sale

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  1. Sat in one, didn’t test drive as it was bad weather.  That said, I’ve seen them show up used on car lots, and a TON of them in rental fleets.  I was considering them (they look like a lowered Highlander…with sliding doors) till I realize Chrysler is up to their old tricks and these values will depreciate like a brick.  Good cars from what I’ve read, will see how they age however…

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