Originally Posted by triggerhappy007
Last year in the US, Chrysler sold about 7,000 hybrids and 111,000 gas models. The reason why they don't sell well is they don't know how to sell it. Texas did have a $2500 state rebate that expired in March. Plus up to $7500 tax credit so the hybrid could cost less than the gas version. It costs me about $1 to drive 30 miles of electric range vs $2.50 for gas.
Some other things to consider on that 7k to 111k ratio is how many of those 111k were fleet orders. A good chunk of Pacificas likely go to rental fleets. I doubt very many of the 7k PacHys were fleet orders (although it is true that Waymo bought some).
Then there's the trim levels. PacHys are restricted to Limited, Touring L, and Touring Plus, all the highest level trims. There are no lower LX or L PacHys. So, you'd have to eliminate those trims from comparison, too.
Finally, I wonder how production-limited the PacHy might be, i.e., maybe FCA can only build so many of them due to the complexity versus the gasser. IOW, what's the likelihood that 7k PacHys were sold because that's the number they set-up to build, and no more.
Then, as mentioned, FCA hasn't really pushed the PacHy, and I would imagine there's a good reason for it, and that's simply profit. It's been speculated that FCA actually loses money on each PacHy (the same had been said of the Volt when it first came out). The same situation existed with the Fiat 500e, a vehicle which Marchionne himself said was only built and sold for CARB compliance to be able to sell ICE vehicles in California, and the profit from those sales would make up the loss on the EVs.
With those fleet, lower trim, and production adjustments, the ratio might not be quite as dramatic as it first seems. Taken as a whole, sales of the PacHy might be exactly where FCA wants them to be.