Jeep EV Test Drive (Updated, with video)

Date 2008/11/18 8:26:00 | Topic: Concept/Demonstration

MotorTrend got some time with the Jeep EV and posted a writeup in the blog:
Acceleration in the Jeep EV is strong and smooth, ramping up power progressively where the vehicle just keeps pulling and pulling up the speedometer at an almost unnerving pace. Because it's all electronic, the console-mounted stick shift is gone and the gear selection is done by pushbutton just below the Navi screen. The Navi screen itself allows for several different screens to help the driver monitor all sorts of vehicle parameters like battery temperature, power levels, strength, range, charge/discharge direction and more. Our biggest beef is that the steering setup isn't quite dialed in and the battery pack, from underneath the vehicle, looks like the thickest skidplate you've ever seen (but we're told there is no compromise in ground clearance.)

This is a great article with a bunch of photos that give a good indication of where the Jeep EV is heading.

UPDATE (11/19/08): Chrysler just posted this video from the event:



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