“The five-passenger Wrangler Unlimited EV is powered by a 200 kW (268 hp) electric motor that sources its energy from advanced lithium-ion batteries. This combination delivers a 0-100 km/h time of about nine seconds and a reduced top speed of 145 km/h. More significantly however, the Wrangler Unlimited EV can run 64 km solely on electric power before continuing on for an estimated 580 km on a relatively small tank of gas.
The extended range is delivered by a 94-hp gasoline generator (larger than that used in the Jeep Patriot EV) that recharges the batteries along with regenerative brakes. There is even the possibility of plugging in the Wrangler Unlimited EV to standard electrical outlets.
Outside of the high-tech drivetrain, the Wrangler Unlimited EV has a basic chassis with solid front and rear axles. This Jeep has a go-anywhere feel to it with high 44.4 and 40.5 degree angles of approach and departure, respectively. Given high levels of torque from the electric motors (and adding in all-wheel-drive), this zero-emission-capable Jeep may be the best yet for being one with nature.”
The author also takes a moment to remind us that the transition from gasoline to electricity will not be a smooth one, but highlights the importance of heading in the right direction.
“From an energy standpoint, even if the Wrangler Unlimited EV became available tomorrow at your local dealership, it will still have its draw-backs; it will still use gasoline, and, if plugged in, may rely on non-renewable, unclean energy sources. Furthermore, the technology’s reliability and recyclability stand in question. Regardless, the ENVI products represent a major stepping stone towards where consumer motoring should be.”