Whither the humble yardstick. It makes the abstract more understandable.
Think football field … Now think 100 yards.
There are similar means to judge a vehicle’s performance … Zero-to-60. MPG. And in the case of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, miles-per-gallon-equivalent, or MPGe.
This unique measure factors in the effect of an electric vehicle’s power consumption, representing the distance it can travel using a quantity of fuel containing the same energy content as a gallon of gasoline. The Pacifica Hybrid’s 84 MPGe rating made history, establishing it as the most efficient minivan ever.
Yet, there are other ways to assess a vehicle, such as its potential impact on the environment.
For this, we have Global Warming Potential, or GWP. Calculated with industry-standard software, it paints a picture of a vehicle’s environmental impact by considering a vehicle’s own fuel consumption over 120,000 miles, along with the production and delivery of said fuel.
The Pacifica Hybrid’s GWP is 31 percent less than that of the previous-generation, gasoline-powered Chrysler minivan. Put another way, its emissions-savings are equivalent to:
- the average annual CO2 output of 22 American households
- 14 commercial flights from Detroit to Los Angeles
- driving the average U.S. passenger vehicle more than 50,000 miles
And that’s for a single Pacifica Hybrid.
How’s that for context?