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Waymo Retiring Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Fleet?

Written By, Brad R

Waymo and the partnership with Chrysler and its outlandish order of 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid units was a triumph for Chrysler. Today, we learned however, Waymo wanted to grow their fleet, but they only managed to transform just under 1,000 vehicles into actual Waymo minivan products that serve their clients.

The wild news of the change for Waymo has meant ordering more vehicles for their fleet, but entirely electric rides this time and they plan to recycle the remaining rides. For vehicles less than seven years old, this is a remarkable loss Waymo has taken as the orders for the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans have cleared. In fact, Waymo is the sole reason Chrysler saw profits the last two years because of that large 62,000 vehicle purchase sheet that has been coming off the books the past half decade. Remarkable efforts by the Chrysler brand were rewarded in only sales figures.

Changing Landscape of EV Regulations

It’s noteworthy just how Waymo’s business, which is owned by Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has placed millions of dollars into their fleet only to see the funds become used without getting the full effect of having all the vehicles they ordered. A small number of these Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans in Waymo’s fleet will be retained for historical purposes. Let’s not forget just how large of an operation Waymo was running. The self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid vehicles were part of Waymo’s plan to assist UPS with deliveries. Stellantis had teamed up with a Chinese startup AutoX to expand autonomous Pacifica Hybrid vehicles as taxis in China, so this isn’t the only avenue or company that invested in their products. The large reason for the swift change is because of the impact of EVs in the marketplace today in 2023 vs five years ago.

A large reason for this move is due to California’s regulations. The state approved a bill in 2021 requiring all AVs operating on public roads to be electric by 2030. California is where AV testing is found more than any state in the US, with over 50 companies licensed to operate autonomous vehicles for testing purposes. For us in Florida, we’re happy to drive our own rides and fleet services are hard to find by comparison. 

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