Jeep’s Electrification Plan to Come to Fruition by 2023
During Stellantis’ annual EV Day, the parent company of Jeep announced that the brand will launch its first all-electric model in the first half of 2023. The latest confirmation of battery-electric Jeep vehicles comes after the automaker announced it intends to offer a battery-electric vehicle in each of its respective segments by 2025 at the latest. That said, the electrification schedule shown at the presentation didn’t go into too much detail. Nameplates, regions, and other full EV technology details are non-existent. For the time being it remains unknown which namaplates will launch in 2023 or in which regions.
Jeep currently offers the all-new Wrangler 4xe, the first plug-in hybrid from the brand widely available in North America. Since its launch (spring 2021), the Jeep Wrangler 4xe has been the top-selling plug-in vehicle by a longshot. Jeep also offers its Compass and Renegade models with a plug-in hybrid option throughout Europe and China. Additionally, the Chinese market also features a one-of-a-kind plug-in hybrid Jeep Commander SUV. The brand is expected to launch the plug-in hybrid Grand Cherokee before the end of the year, finally bringing its famed — and best-selling SUV– up to date with a new generation and a new power plant as well.
During this year’s (2021) Easter Safari that takes place in Moab, Utah, Jeep debuted an all-electric concept Wrangler: the Magneto. The concept was based on the internal combustion engine model and took electrification to new heights as Jeep stayed true to its off-road roots. Jeep expects up to 70 percent of all its sales will be electrified by 2025, counting hybrid and mild-hybrid configurations. Additionally, the Jeep Magneto concept also impressed audiences because it has an unconventional manual transmission.
Generally, electric cars — even the latest and greatest ones– have their battery-powered motors mated to a single-speed drive via the axle, but some automakers have already begun innovating with multi-speed transmissions. With the addition of a second forward speed, electric vehicles actually minimize needless motor spinning at higher speeds and level off the low-end torque that EVs are known for. Oddly enough, Jeep did the unthinkable by connecting the electric motor to a six-speed manual transmission via a traditional pedal-operated clutch. Jeep claimed the Magneto concept can go from 0-60 mph in only 6.8 seconds, while the existing two-door Wrangler with a V6 engine and a six-speed manual transmission takes 7.4 seconds.
The Mechanics of it All
How did the automaker harness all this power? Jeep placed four lithium-ion battery packs in the cargo area, under the hood, and where the fuel tank used to be. A pair of 12-volt batteries power accessories such as the radio and the winch. All electrical components are protected by waterproof containers, allowing the Wrangler Magneto the same 30 inches of water fording capability as the traditionally internal combustion Wrangler. Magneto concept also sported a set of firm skid plates to mitigate off-road scratches and bumps. Jeep rounded out the Magneto Wrangler concept with a 2-inch lift kit, 35-inch tires, a Warn winch, and rock rails, while a custom roll cage and a white-black-blue paint theme take the model right into the future.
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