SuVs rated as the brand’s trail will run entirely on electricity.
A new Jeep EV was introduced in a recent earnings call by parent company Stellantis. The SUVs rated as the brand’s trails are used in some of the most extreme conditions in the world and are now run entirely on electricity.
Stellantis isn’t the first time it’s coming out of the gate with a claim to switching to all-electric running, but the auto giant has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2038.
Along the way, many of the company’s brands, including Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Alfa Romeo, will have to change.
The design of Jeep’s first EV is no secret as the automaker shared explicit images during the presentation. Looking at the shape and defining details, it’s easy to see Jeep’s DNA and the general design elements that EV renders share with other vehicles in the automaker’s catalog.
The traditional Jeep grille here, along with muscular wheel arches and two-tone paint. At the rear, the sports SUV with taillights looks familiar and a sporty look overall.
This EV may be the first of the Jeep brand, but parent company Stellantis is working on several new battery-powered vehicles.
Alfa Romeo Tonale will have a plug-in hybrid powertrain (PHEV) available and we know at least a few electric models will come from the Italian automaker in the next few years.
Dodge, famous for building muscle cars with more than 700 horsepower, will also launch electric models, including an all-electric successor to Hellcat cars.
Jeep’s EV jump makes sense
It’s clear that Jeep is building an EV, and the fact that it’s going to be a small urban crossover makes even more sense.
The brand’s PHEV 4xe cars offer electrified flavors and provide maximum torque at the low end to run off-road, so switching to a full EV isn’t a stretching thing.
Electric motors can even make small crossovers usable on off-road, but charging the battery while out on the road is beaten is still a problem.
As legacy brands like Jeep start to switch to electric vehicles, it’s a good sign that the situation is changing. Muscular off-road cars are the last vehicle anyone expects to be a viable candidate for electrification, but with 4xe models, Jeep has proven it’s a viable and attractive option.