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Published on December 12th, 2016 | by James Ayre

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Fiat-Chrysler Showcasing All-Electric Concept Based On Chrysler Pacifica At CES In January

December 12th, 2016 by  


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A fully electric concept vehicle based on the Chrysler Pacifica minivan will be showcased by Fiat-Chrysler at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, according to recent reports.

While the source for the “leak” is unnamed, it seems to be solid information, going by Bloomberg‘s presentation of it. Predictably, Fiat-Chrysler declined to comment on the matter when queried.

Despite the many comments made in recent years by CEO Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler has as of late been approaching the development of electric vehicles much more seriously than before. As a finished product, the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid (PHEV) seems to have surprised many with how compelling it ended up being. It even made our 2017 CleanTechnica Car of the Year finals — go vote now if you haven’t yet! Or just do so right here:

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While the all-electric Chrysler Pacifica to be showcased at CES 2017 is of course just a concept vehicle, the specs of the PHEV version make me curious to see how interesting it will end up being.

The concept will also be interesting since the Pacifica is the Chrysler model that’s being used by Google (Alphabet) to jointly develop self-driving tech.

Bloomberg provides more: “FCA, which was the first major automaker to strike a deal with Alphabet Inc’s Google to develop self-driving vehicles, has favored cooperating with tech giants to navigate the potentially profound changes in the auto industry. With $6.9 billion in net industrial debt at the end of the third quarter, the carmaker has limited resources to invest compared with its main competitors.”

Presumably, this means that the concept all-electric Pacifica will be capable of fully autonomous driving?

 
 
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.



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