Jeep Alternate Fuels

Jeep presented Wrangler Unlimited EV in 2010. The 2010 Wrangler Unlimited EV is based on the extended range electric vehicles (EERVs). Jeep will run on full electric power until 40 miles, then act something like a hybrid after that, where the generator produces power directly to the electric motor as needed. Any extra energy during braking or off-throttle situations will be routed into the batteries. It has an extended range of up to 400 miles. The Jeep EV can have a 15-amp 110/120-volt outlet as well as a household 30-amp 220/240-volt power outlet. It uses Lithium-ion battery, which adds to overall weight of the car. It has a 268 hp electric motor, which powers only 2 wheels that is the downside of an off-road vehicle.

Jeep Wrangler EV

Jeep Wrangler EV

The main reason Jeep has not released a market version of the car is that it is only 2 wheel drive. Jeep has the image of 4WD vehicles and people buy Jeep because they like off-roading and adventure. By giving them EV Jeep with limited range and 2 wheel drive will not solve the purpose of buying an SUV. Jeep might consider switching to alternate fuel if they find equal performance and range being generated by any alternate fuel. But as of now alternate fuel technology is not that full proof to work in SUVs. There are many SUVs that are available in hybrid option, but need further development and improvement.

Jeep Wrangler EV

Jeep Wrangler EV

References: –

http://www.carbuzz.com/news/2010/9/4/Jeep-Wrangler-Unlimited-EV-Jeep-s-Electric-Vehicle-7700618/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeep

http://www.jeep.com/en/history/

http://4wheeldrive.about.com/cs/jeep/l/bljeepcodes.htm

http://www.4wd.com/jeepresource/jeep-history.aspx

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/history-of-jeep.htm

http://media.chrysler.com/newsroom.do?&id=4&mid=4

Images: –

http://www.carbuzz.com/news/2010/9/4/Jeep-Wrangler-Unlimited-EV-Jeep-s-Electric-Vehicle-7700618/

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