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Concept/DemonstrationJeep EV Photos and Press Release
Posted by mike on 2008/9/24 7:00:23 (3900) reads

The media blitz around Chrysler's newly announced "EV" line is in full swing, and I'm happy to be a part of it. The press release shown below indicates that Chrysler will be producing one of these concepts in 2010 - no word on which vehicle it will be though. But first up, some official photos...







From the official press release:

Chrysler LLC announced today that the Company and its ENVI organization have new production-intent, advanced electric-drive technology packaged in three different vehicles -- one for each of its brands, Chrysler, Jeep(R) and Dodge.

Chrysler will select one electric-drive model to be produced in 2010 for consumers in North American markets, and European markets after 2010. Additionally, approximately one hundred Chrysler electric vehicles will be on the road in government, business, utility and Chrysler development fleets in 2009.

The Company said that it is well into the development of advanced, production-intent electric vehicles, and that it will apply electric-drive technology to its front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive and body-on-frame four-wheel-drive platforms in the next several years.

At its World Headquarters here today, Chrysler revealed its electric-drive prototypes -- Dodge EV, Jeep EV and Chrysler EV -- and demonstrated the driving performance and capability of each.

"We have a social responsibility to our consumers to deliver environmentally friendly, fuel efficient, advanced electric vehicles, and our intention is to meet that responsibility quickly and more broadly than any other automobile manufacturer," said Bob Nardelli, Chairman and CEO -- Chrysler LLC. "The introduction of the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge electric vehicles provides a glimpse of the very near future, and demonstrates that we are serious and well along in the development of bringing electric vehicles to market."

The Jeep EV development vehicle is a Range-extended Electric Vehicle that provides a glimpse into the future of a "Go Anywhere, Do Anything" vehicle with renowned Jeep Wrangler capability.

The Jeep EV combines Wrangler's unmatched off-road capability with the ultimate "Tread Lightly" mindset by providing nature ambassadors with the ability to roam the planet and take care of it at the same time.

The Jeep EV Range-extended Electric Vehicle uses an electric motor, an advanced lithium-ion battery system, and a small gasoline engine with an integrated electric generator 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. 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.

"We are also exploring four-wheel-drive, in-wheel electric motors to demonstrate the full reach of ENVI's advanced electric-drive technologies," said Rhodes.

The instant high torque of the electric-drive motor and the ability to precisely control each wheel independently results in off-road capability ideally suited for the Jeep brand, without compromising on-road driving capability.

Jeep EV specifications after the jump...


JEEP EV
PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

Vehicle Type
Body style: Five-passenger SUV
Drivetrain: Electric propulsion, two-wheel drive and four-wheel
drive
Category: Range-extended Electric Vehicle

Electric-drive System
Power: 200 kW (268 hp)
Torque: 400 N*m (295 lb.-ft.)
Energy Recovery: Regenerative braking

Battery System
Type: Lithium-ion
Energy: 27 kWh
Peak power: 200 kW
Voltage: 370 to 410
Charging: Onboard charger - dual voltage
110/120-volt outlet (15A) - standard household
power outlet
220/240-volt outlet: (30A) - household appliance
power outlet

Performance
0-60 mph: 9.0 seconds
1/4-mile Acceleration: 16.5 seconds
Top speed: More than 90 mph
Range (city): 400 miles, with more than 40 miles all-electric

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Posted: 2008/9/30 19:30  Updated: 2008/9/30 19:30
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Jeep, by all means, if you build this I will try my hardest to be the first in line.

Build it as a Rubicon-spec, and I'll just go freakin' crazy for it.

(Actually, I've been asking for this since the JKs came out so it's about time. )

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••"We are also exploring four-wheel-drive, in-wheel electric motors to demonstrate the full reach of ENVI's advanced electric-drive technologies," said Rhodes.••

Some years back GM had a concept they referred to as the Autonomy which did just that. it was like a skateboard on which you could place a different vehicle top. No axle. No engine block. It was pretty interesting.

I'll tell you though, when you're used to seeing the engine area on a vehicle, not having one makes it look effin' hideous. I mean, scare dogs and little children ugly. I hope that if that day comes, they'll make that the cargo area.


As for this EV... the ability to give Chevron, Shell, Texaco, Exxon, QT and every other gas station the finger every single day for the rest of my car's life would be well worth the extra $15K. If it's environmentally safer, then it's worth it. And given the fact that many people pass on Wranglers when the factor how much they'll pay at the pump, I bet they sell a ton of them if they produced them just as they are. No doubt in my mind...

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Posted: 2008/9/26 2:28  Updated: 2008/9/26 2:28
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I would have to guess that that the Wrangler EV COULD stand up to all of the abuse that a ICE Wrangler could...(This is a prototype after all, even the Willys MB had a prototype)

Mabye even better....No Auto Trans to blow, no Clutch to bake, no water sucked into the engine during water crossings (assuming the engine is turned off), 268 Hp vs. like 203hp for the V-6, more torque, no driveshafts, or axleshafts to snap (with hub-mounted motors), no Lockers to swap, no gearing to change.

It looks like the EV has straight axles, which is STILL ideal for off-roading. When they switch to hub-mounted motors, the straight axle would be ideal...the hub could be mounted below the axle centerline to simulate a portal axle for ground clearance.

The ARMY is testing the RST-V, which is a similar setup with hub-motors and an IC Genset...It can run in IC, EV, or Hybrid modes.

Best of all, if 1, 2 or 3 motors fail (Unlikely), you can still make it home on one motor. If your trans goes, you're camping out.

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Those are some good hp/torque numbers. let's hope they step up their plans and build more than one of these vehicles. Somehow i doubt the Wrangler will be first due to durability considerations, etc. A mini-van sees a lot less abuse than a Jeep would.

Also, until battery technology catches up could they just install a small diesel engine to power the electric motor all the time?

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If you build them , they will come. Build em all. I may have to swap a need Patriot for Wrangler EV.

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YelloRubi, I did pick up on the hub-mounted motors, 9/24/08, at 8:33 AM, Specifically...But yes, hub mounted motors would definitely free up some space for more batteries, and more gasoline or E-85.

But, Hey, If were getting Hub-mounted motors (Look at the PML motors website), why not take it one step further, and replace the engine with a Reformer Fuel Cell, like the Andromeda built by Nuvera Fuel Cells, so Gasoline, E-85, Biodiesel, even Methane, can be directly converted to Hydrogen, and then converted to electricity.

Then the battery pack could actually be smaller, because the plug-in capability would be replaced by home-hydrogen generation (probably from Methane), since a small capaciity of Hydrogen would serve as the battery.

Yes, also electric generation would be a problem if EVERYONE drove an electric or PiHV, but like I mentioned, time to go solar and pump your excess electricity back into the grid and use it when you need it.

You may also want to go Republican and vote for McCain/Palin who will streamline Nuclear Powerplant construction, eliminate NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) objections to Wind and Solar Power, Hydroelectric, and Geothermal power production, and allow the increased production of Natural Gas, Coal to Gas, and Gas to Liquid fuels, AND--- AND---AND---Drill, Baby, Drill to stabilize the economy so that Sawgrass and Agri/Bio Waste Ethanol and Biodiesel fuels can come to market in usable amounts in every city and town.

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Posted: 2008/9/29 10:11  Updated: 2008/9/29 10:11
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UGH Why did you have to drag McCain into this announcement? He's an old man who had 26 years and two oil crises to help lead our way out and he did nothing. He's as believable on alternative energy as he is on knowing alot about the economy.

Keep McCain out and just talk about the EV.

--TKL

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"We are also exploring four-wheel-drive, in-wheel electric motors to demonstrate the full reach of ENVI's advanced electric-drive technologies," said Rhodes.

I can’t believe no one here has picked up on this yet. This would be better than the portal axles on the Hummer H1. Having the motor in the hub would eliminate the axle completely. We would only need a suspension/steering . This would greatly increase ground clearance.

Hell, with out an axle we could mount wheels just about anywhere on the vehicle. the JKL could become a 6x6.

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Electric engine with 268hp and 295lb.-ft. torque. Sounds good! I may be forced to sacrifice my love of shifting a manual transmission (in the interest of fuel conservation of course) .
However, if a large number of people start driving these puppys, does the national electric grid have enough power to charge them? Electricity is already pretty expensive here in the North East.

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Wow, that's just freaky... no shift levers. I I understand no need for a gear shift, but how do you go into reverse? And I am guessing "low range" would be accomplished by limiting motor speed to the RPM that has the most torque?

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Posted: 2008/9/24 10:33  Updated: 2008/9/24 10:33
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You push the "R" button on the dash control panel (no, really, that's how you do it).

I'm guessing they just make the motor spin backwards. That's how it works on my RC electric cars anyway.

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I'm guessing that MarkH is quoting the $40,000 price tag of the Chevy Volt...I'm going to guess that the WranglerEV will cost less, as the Volt is an all-new platform, and the Wrangler EV is built on an existing platform.

We're building a new garage soon, and I'm packing the roof full of solar panels to charge this puppy, , and buying 2 of these things and paying NOTHING in gas to HUGO CHAVEZ and Prince AL-KUKKOOO...I also saw another article, which said that the Chrysler ENVI group is exploring hub-mounted motors, which would further reduce weight and make room for MORE batteries.

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Yes, and BTW that's not an official GM number, to my knowledge, just some auto analysts' guesstimates. Even at that premium price, GM would not turn a profit for quite awhile --if ever-- on the Volt. Yeah, the technology is neat, but the General needs to generate profits --soon-- or one day there may be no General at all... (GM took a $15.5B loss last qtr! That's more than the $11B ExxonMobil profited!)

As I said below, I'll be surprised if the JK-EV is only $40K...

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I must admit, it looks pretty slick --dare I say it's already in (pre-)production garb (as opposed to merely prototype garb).

I guess if we're willing to pay $40,000 they'll build 'em. Wait! $40,000 sounds a tad steep! That extra $15,000 would sure buy a lot of gas!

The irony of this may be the following: remember that JEEP Wrangler was already being touted as one of the "greenest" vehicles on the planet, when considering it's entire (i.e., long) life cycle from womb to tomb...

Sooo, would this new "greenmobile" be more or less environmentally friendly if its WHOLE life cycle is taken into consideration? There's no lead & acid in those baterries, is there?

Let the debates begin... I'm really wondering, like the Chevy Volt (estimated sticker $40K) how many will pay a premium for this? If ~100,000 gas-powered Wranglers are sold per year, would this vehicle even make a blip on the screen? Time will tell...

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Where did you get the $40,000 price from? I didn't see that anywhere.

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$40K is the price of the Chevy VOLT. The Jeep EV uses a similar system, so it stands to reason it would cost a similar amount.

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Correctamundo...

Actually, I'd be surprised if it's only $40K...a Sahara is ~$30K... and this ain't gonna be less than that!

The good news is that the government will likely offer some BS kickback subsidy (wasting more of our tax dollars!) for these alternative energy superwhompadyne EVs...

I do like the HP/ft-lbs numbers. Can I get that in a simple JK gas engine for $30K? Not yet...

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No lead and acid, just lithium and ions.

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Lithium or trilithium?

Can I get a flux capacitor option with a manual stick?

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if it was trilithium, it would go BOOM. dilithium is what you want for power generation.

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Impressive. I'll have to speak to Guinan about that.

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I'd rather have the Mr. Fusion model. There's enough garbage laying on the side of the highway in case I run out of juice

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1.21 Gigawatts!
Good ol' Doc Brown was ahead of his time...heavy.

Seriously though, I'm already planning on trading in my 07 when it's paid off in 2012 to get one of these EV's. Even if it's not a "Rubicon" rating.
Imagine all the write-ups for the electrical hacks with a 200KW genset built in?
Now Chrysler needs to patent the solar Hard & soft-tops. There I go giving away more good ideas to Jeep for free again.
Power the genset with a BioD ICE and you're all set.
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