December’s electric vehicle sales blasted past previous records, with over 13,600 EVs sold in the U.S.
This news came after a slow year for EV sales, plagued by lower gas prices and the promise of exciting new models like the Bolt and next gen Volt.
It also came right before the 2016 North American International Auto Show, where many electric vehicles like the Bolt were on display, boding well for EV sales in 2016.
Another big crowd pleaser: Chrysler’s new plug in hybrid Pacifica minivan.
It secures its place as the first plug in minivan to hit U.S. markets, and is part of a growing trend towards marketing electric vehicles for the everyday consumers.
And it’s a quality vehicle, writes Green Car Reports, “good for 30 miles of all-electric driving and a projected EPA 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe).”
The minivan has two motors, but utilizes a one way clutch system which allows “allows both electric motors to send power to the wheels.”
The Pacifica, which was developed at Chrysler’s Auburn Hills headquarters, will also eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit, though there’s no word yet on what the starting price will be.
Even President Obama got in on the action. He visited the auto show last week, and according to the Washington Post, had some great things to say about the new Pacifica.
Especially if it’s electric.
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