This is your first look at the first Jeep EV, the brand’s trail-rated SUVs that go fully electric.
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A new electric vehicle from Jeep was teased on a recent earnings call from parent company Stellantis. The brand’s trail-capable SUVs are used in some of the world’s harshest conditions and are now fully electric.
Stellantis wasn’t the first to walk out the door with its all-electric announcement, but the auto giant has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2038.
Along the way, many of the company’s brands, including Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and Alfa Romeo, will have to make the journey.
The design of Jeep’s first electric vehicle is no secret, as the automaker shared clear images during the presentation. Looking at the shape and defining details, it’s easy to see the Jeep DNA and the common design elements the EV renderer shares with other vehicles in the automaker’s catalog.
The traditional Jeep grille is there, with beefy wheel arches and two-tone paint. At the rear, the SUV sports familiar-looking taillights and an overall sporty appearance.
This electric vehicle may be the first for the Jeep brand, but parent company Stellantis is hard at work on several new battery-powered vehicles.
The Alfa Romeo Tonale will be available with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain, and we know at least a few electric cars will come from the Italian automaker in the next few years.
Dodge, best known for building 700-plus-horsepower muscle cars, will also launch electric models, including an all-electric successor to the Hellcat cars.
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Jeep’s EV jump makes sense
It makes sense that Jeep is building an electric vehicle, and the fact that it’s a small urban crossover makes even more sense.
The brand’s 4xe PHEVs offer a taste of electrification and deliver excellent low-end torque for off-roading, so the transition to a fully electric vehicle is easy.
Electric motors may even make the small crossover viable for off-road use, but off-road charging is still an issue.
When legacy brands like Jeep begin the shift to electric vehicles, it’s a good indicator that the tide is turning. The beefy off-roaders are the last vehicles expected to be viable candidates for electrification, but with the 4xe models, Jeep has already shown that it’s a possible and compelling option.