LeftieBiker wrote:Toyota should be chagrined, along with Honda and Nissan. They all have the components for a PHEV minivan, and in the case of the Prius V, it would take amazingly little adaptation to install the PHEV components from the Prius PHEV, but they just didn't bother...
Prius V curb weight is 3400 pounds, with a GVWR of 4400, a Sienna's curb weight starts at 4400, with GVWR of 6000. And frontal area (drag) is likewise much larger. The drive system and batteries have to scale up to match, which is expensive, and expectations are for minivans to be tough and reliable. The original Chrysler minivans were tested to truck division standards, not a place for under engineered kit. Also, minivan customers have a reputation of price sensitivity, so the Pacifica Hybrid is not a slam dunk success.
But the minivan IS the first, most logical step in scaling up from passenger to work vehicles. Honda and Chevy have supposedly talked partnering on electrification.
With the arrival of better batteries, the time for bigger plug-in vehicles may be here too.