The famous "Go Anywhere, Do Anything" capability of the Jeep Wrangler has now an electric prototype in the form of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Electric Vehicle. According to Lou Rhodes, ENVI President and VP, Advance Vehicle Engineering, Chrystler LLC, that this is in step with ENVI's objective to "develop electric-drive solutions for every segment and for every customer."
With the Jeep Wrangler, the automaker brings both fuel economy and eco-friendliness to a market segment where there is a high need for exploring the environment to the optimum.
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EV experimental model is a two-wheel drive although the company is also exploring its advanced electric-drive technologies with the viability of FWD, in-wheel electric motors.
When this venture proves successful, both the high instant torque that the electric motor generates and the ability to accurately control each wheel individually will provide the vehicle with off-road capability the Jeep brand is known for without diminishing on-road capability.
Powertrain utilized in the Unlimited EV is the Range-extended Electric Vehicle which is composed of an electric motor, advanced lithium-ion battery package, and a small gasoline engine with built-in electric generator to provide extra energy to propel the electric-drive system when necessary.
The electric motor generates 268 hp (200 kW) and 295lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque with a maximum range of 400 miles which includes 40 miles of all-electric drive.