[QUOTE=m0ebius604;541441]Consider this vehicle as a true HEV with a Plug.
If you choose to use an electrified vehicle mostly on the highway, then you will be no better off than a gas vehicle.. but youíll can manage upwards of 10x the economy in the worst city traffic and short trip journeys where gas vehicles perform worst.
According to the EPA calculator for plug in vehicles, it should get around 32mpg on gas
As I said, it won't save squat on gas because of our area - so NOT a city, 40 miles round trip to the large grocery store (and only 6 miles of that is at less than 55 mph with 5 stop lights), 47 miles round trip to Home Depot etc
Gorgeous here - get 1,500,000 tourists every summer but you drive - drive long distance for stuff on 55mph roads (not highway). Normal errand day with 5-9 stops is 64-70 miles. It is 15 miles round trip at 55mph to go to the post office and even a gas station.
The ONLY appeal is that the gas mileage (gas not electric) is around 31--32 vs the regular Pacifica at an appalling 19-28.
So why is Chrysler saying that if I take it on that 1500 mile trip without recharging it there is a very very good chance it will NOT START and I'll be sitting at Purina Farms in MO at 6PM at night with 3 huge dogs and with St Louis and help an hour away??
If the battery recharged from the gas engine (as does Prius) enough to keep it starting and running, then there would be no need for a plug!