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Numerous site/video brought up that it was possible to remote start the AC from the mobile app uconnect for the PHEV model, today the first person to receive his PHEV confirmed it was not an option on the mobile app: http://www.pacificaforums.com/forum/433-2017-chrysler-pacifica-phev-hybrid-general-discussion/7633-first-member-take-delivery-pacifica-hybrid-post-here-pics.html#post78961

This is a massive letdown from Chrystler! the majority of EV on sale currently have such feature, it is a must have in colder climate.

If you are waiting for your PHEV to be delivered and think this feature should be added, please reply to this thread to show Chrystler this feature is badly needed, I will email/call them once we reach a few pages
 

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Mine is on order with a build date I hope they update the software to to be able to enable the climate control features before I take delivery. I ordered a red one.
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I just got my VIN from my pre-order, and I also am shocked that Chrysler left this oversight in their launch. My 2013 Nissan Leaf had remote Climate control: I could heat just the seat/steering wheel, or I could turn on the full Climate Control system (defrost, change the cabin temperature, etc). How was this missed with the Pacifica? Surely they had trials with existing PHEV/EV drivers before launching the vehicle right?

If someone from Chrysler is looking at this, I also expect the ability to remotely start/stop charging, and to see how many kWh my charge is taking right now (I'm I attached to an L1 or an L2 charger). Remotely unlocking/opening doors and the liftgate would also be ideal considering the app should have full access to anything the keys do.
 

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My 2013 Nissan Leaf had remote Climate control: I could heat just the seat/steering wheel, or I could turn on the full Climate Control system (defrost, change the cabin temperature, etc). How was this missed with the Pacifica?
Does this level of granular remote control exist on all existing PHEVs? It certainly sounds cool.
 

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Sorry if this is a dumb question, but how does the app connect to the van? Do I have to pay something extra to communicate with the van?
 

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This is crucial feature. Although, who actually turns "off" their HVAC when they shut down their vehicle? If it's left "on" or in "auto" mode, shouldn't the HVAC turn back on when the vehicle is remote started?
 

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Sorry if this is a dumb question, but how does the app connect to the van? Do I have to pay something extra to communicate with the van?
Unless the PHEV is different from the gas models, yes, Uconnect Access or I think it's called SiriusXM Guardian now. It connects to the vehicle via cellular network built in with the Uconnect 8.4 units.
 

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Oh man, I really hope it uses it's own cellular connection. HAWAII doesn't have the option to use SiriusXM. The dealer, not the the one I actually bought the van from but one I went to said that since Hawaii doesn't have SiriusXM, the module is removed. I forgot to ask my dealer if the actual hardware is removed or if it just doesn't receive a radio signal.

Unless the PHEV is different from the gas models, yes, Uconnect Access or I think it's called SiriusXM Guardian now. It connects to the vehicle via cellular network built in with the Uconnect 8.4 units.
 

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Oh man, I really hope it uses it's own cellular connection. HAWAII doesn't have the option to use SiriusXM. The dealer, not the the one I actually bought the van from but one I went to said that since Hawaii doesn't have SiriusXM, the module is removed. I forgot to ask my dealer if the actual hardware is removed or if it just doesn't receive a radio signal.
I'm guessing it's still going to use cellular since it's much faster and a two-way communication. If it were satellite, it would only be able to receive and couldn't confirm that the request was completed.
 

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The handful of EV i've owned and test driven, all had this feature, cant live without it after using it with my daily driver
I understand that it's common in EVs. But does this level of remote granularity exist in other PHEVs? As long as you can do a remote "start", wouldn't you be covered? Like the gas version, the HVAC system will turn on, the heated seats and steering will come on if it's cold out, and the vented seats will come on if it's hot out. The only difference is that the PHEV won't actually need the engine to be running during this remote "start". I guess I'm not understanding why there's an expectation that the level of remote control over the HVAC systems in the PHEV would be higher than in the gas version.
 

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Numerous site/video brought up that it was possible to remote start the AC from the mobile app uconnect for the PHEV model, today the first person to receive his PHEV confirmed it was not an option on the mobile app: First member to take delivery of a Pacifica Hybrid! Post here with Pics

This is a massive letdown from Chrystler! the majority of EV on sale currently have such feature, it is a must have in colder climate.

If you are waiting for your PHEV to be delivered and think this feature should be added, please reply to this thread to show Chrystler this feature is badly needed, I will email/call them once we reach a few pages
Email [email protected]
 

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Numerous site/video brought up that it was possible to remote start the AC from the mobile app uconnect for the PHEV model, today the first person to receive his PHEV confirmed it was not an option on the mobile app: First member to take delivery of a Pacifica Hybrid! Post here with Pics

This is a massive letdown from Chrystler! the majority of EV on sale currently have such feature, it is a must have in colder climate.

If you are waiting for your PHEV to be delivered and think this feature should be added, please reply to this thread to show Chrystler this feature is badly needed, I will email/call them once we reach a few pages
The Pachy does have the feature to preheat the interior, turn on heated seats and steering wheel already.. it just doesnt work like you expect.

“Remote start” offers this. You have to use your FOB. The interior temp is not adjustable and comes on at a standardized comfortable temperature.

Straight from the engineers mouths.. (but in my words) they “dumbed down” the vehicle to mimic conventional vehicles so anyone can use it.. and have integrated many advanced features EV owners like in a way that is familiar to traditional drivers.

Remote start has always preheated the powertrain and warmed the cabin, so its masked by this older title. The engine may start in winters if the vehicle decides it should, regardless of being plugged in so beware..

It also Cools the interior in the summers..

The App doesnt work reliably anyway just use the FOB.
 

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I’m confused what features the person is looking for on their guardian app. The features stated are when remote started thru the key fob or app . Dumb question but why would you want to open doors or lift gate ? You do realize that if opened it and it does not properly close then the vehicle is a free for all . If something obstructs the close then it will reopen . Funny thou, if FCA did have this feature and it don’t work properly the thread would be “ why would FCA put this on the guardian feature . I guess like anything you can’t please everybody , but I for one wouldn’t want or need this .
 

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FCA does not add features to the existing vehicles with software upgrades. What you bought is what you have, no amount of begging will change it. Even if they update the software, it will go only into the new production vehicles with no option for a retrofit. It may change in a couple of years, but for now only Tesla treats their customers with upgrades.
 

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That’s because Tesla owns the software upgrades and can change anything at a blink of a eye, even if the customer doesn’t want it he’s getting it ,
 
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