REV Group introduced the world’s first production plug-in gas/electric hybrid wheelchair accessible vehicle at the LA Auto Show. The base vehicle is the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, and the introduction was part of the FCA exhibit highlighting the breadth of its automotive technologies. The introduction also marked the first public show for REV Group’s latest specialty vehicle brand, Revability.
“Our company motto is we ‘connect and protect’,” said REV Group President/CEO Tim Sullivan. “These are not just words. For REV these words connote action. We design, produce, and service the safest mobility vans in the industry to ensure that those individuals that require our vehicles can connect. We are fully dedicated to serving the mobility industry with the most cost effective, highest quality vehicles possible. We believe that our conversion of the new Pacifica Hybrid vans provide our industry with the safest and most cost effective vehicle in the industry today.”
REV Group’s mobility division, Revability, was completely responsible for conversion of the plug-in gas/electric hybrid Chrysler Pacifica, which was created at its Clarkston, Mich., facility. Modifications included redesign / construction of flooring, deployable ramp, fabricating and relocating of a new gas tank, and other structural changes to ensure safety and stability.
Badged the Revability Advantage Pacifica, the vehicle features front and middle-row captain’s seats with wheelchair accessibility from the rear of the vehicle via a manual low-effort counter balanced ramp. There is an optional trifold ramp available that maximizes luggage compartment storage space when the wheelchair is not being used. When folded in this configuration, it provides secure storage beneath the ramp, while maintaining wheelchair accessibility.
The Revability Advantage Pacifica is rated at 84 MPG as a result of a reduction of the 16.5-gallon fuel tank to a 14-gallon capacity during the conversion process, and there is a slight decrease in potential range. It retains all OEM functionality, with the ability to accommodate a wheelchair.
“Our customers expect the latest in vehicle technology, both from an accessibility standpoint, and a technological standpoint. We’re here to offer vehicles that provide maximum accessibility and freedom, and are also environmentally friendly,” said Chuck Fortinberry, VP of Revability. “This vehicle continues REV Group’s tradition of providing the highest quality hand-crafted specialty vehicles to its customers based on the latest technology available.”
The vehicle is intended for commercial and personal use. It could be put into service commercially by Q1 of 2018.