The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid combines restricted zero-emission driving with rugged off-road functionality.
However there aren’t many locations to plug in out within the wilderness.
It seems Jeep has considered that. The automaker plans to construct solar-powered charging stations on off-road trails in California and Utah, Jeep North American boss Jim Morrison stated in an interview with CNET Thursday.
Places will embody Rubicon Springs, the midway level of the well-known Rubicon Path (which lends its identify to a Wrangler trim degree), in addition to choose trails in Moab, Utah, a well-liked location for off-roading the place Jeep lovers host an annual Easter Safari.
With 25 miles of all-electric vary, the Wrangler 4xe ought to be capable to full many trails with fully-charged battery pack. The Rubicon Path is just 22 miles lengthy, and a Wrangler 4xe lined it completely on electrical energy with no points, Morrison stated.
2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe
The trailside charging stations might present a useful backup for drivers that arrive on the trailhead with out a fully-charged pack. They will additionally assist lay the groundwork for future all-electric Jeeps.
Charging stations will probably be Stage 2, that means they’ll take about 2 hours to recharge the Wrangler’s 17.3-kilowatt-hour battery pack, in keeping with Jeep. That pack consists of 96 Samsung prismatic cells and is mounted beneath the rear passenger seats. It sends energy to a fundamental traction motor positioned on the transmission enter shaft, in addition to a belt-connected motor-generator. These parts mix with a 2.0-liter turbo-Four gasoline engine to make 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque—the best output of any Wrangler.
Jeep’s Stage 2 charging stations is likely to be a very good complement to the adventure-location fast-charging stations being put up by Rivian.
Whereas Jeep Wranglers may have a tank of gasoline as their backup, quite than fast-charging, the all-electric Rivian R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV will probably be out there with an adjunct battery backup and/or truck-to-truck charging choices.