Jeep Electric Vehicle
Dec 22, 2008
With an eye to the future, Chrysler has jumped onboard the green vehicle market with three different electric vehicles, one of them is based on the Jeep JK platform (the other two are a minivan and a sports car). Considering the dire straits the Big Three find themselves in, we hope this isn't a case of too little, too late.
Chrysler dubbed their system a Range-extended Electric Vehicle because it uses an electric motor with an advanced lithium-ion battery system as it's primary drive device. Typical commuters will be able to travel a distance of 40 miles on the electric motor before a small gasoline engine with an integrated electric generator will be required to produce additional energy to power the electric-drive system when needed. The 200 kW (268 horsepower) electric motor generates 400 N-m (295 lb-ft.) of torque. That's pretty good, especially when you consider that an electric motor's torque curve is essentially flat. With approximately eight gallons of gasoline, the Jeep EV has a range of 400 miles, including 40 miles of zero fuel-consumption, zero-emissions, all-electric operation.
Re-charging can be done via a standard household 110/120 volt outlet (15A) or 220/240 volt outlet (30A), commonly used by appliances such as stoves and clothes dryers. 0-60 mph acceleration is 9.0 seconds. 1/4 mile acceleration is 16.5 seconds. Top speed is over 90 mph. With this kind of charging versatility and acceleration numbers, it sounds like this Chrysler EV would be a very easy vehicle to live with.
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