Patriot and Wrangler are the latest Jeep models to join the growing portfolio of electric-drive vehicles being developed by Chrysler LLC.
As a Range-extended EV (Electric Vehicle), the Jeep Patriot EV combines the electric-drive components of an Electric Vehicle with a small petrol engine and integrated electric generator to produce additional energy to power the electric-drive system when needed.
This provides the positive attributes of an Electric Vehicle with the driving range equivalent to today's petrol-engined vehicles.
"The Jeep Patriot EV expands our portfolio of ENVI electric-drive vehicles and is just one more example of what is possible through the technology Chrysler is developing," said Lou Rhodes, President, - ENVI, and Vice President, Advance Vehicle Engineering, Chrysler LLC. "Moreover, the Patriot EV provides socially responsible, advanced electric technology in the industry's most capable compact SUV."
The Jeep Patriot EV features a refined and clean front appearance to match the refined and clean powertrain. The signature Jeep grille features vertical accents, and the front fascia is a separate component to help set the grille apart. The use of body-color paint, blended with matte black B and C-pillars, visually creates a smooth and elongated profile.
The unique wheel design and size gives the Jeep Patriot EV a wide stance which combines with the paint treatment to produce a sporty form. The interior of the Jeep Patriot EV features all of the elements introduced in the refreshed 2009 Jeep Patriot.
The Jeep Patriot EV uses an electric-drive motor, advanced lithium-ion battery system and a small petrol engine with an integrated electric generator to produce additional energy to power the electric-drive system when needed. Range-extended Electric Vehicles provide customers a no-compromise means of dramatically reducing their petrol use and carbon footprint. The Jeep Patriot EV has a range of 640km, including over 60km of zero fuel-consumption, zero-emissions, all-electric operation.
"One of our goals at ENVI is to develop electric-drive solutions for every segment and for every customer," said Lou Rhodes, President - ENVI, and Vice President - Advance Vehicle Engineering, Chrysler LLC. "An electric-drive Jeep Wrangler brings ultimate fuel efficiency and ultra-clean transportation to a market segment whose consumers want to explore the environment to the fullest."
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EV prototype is a two-wheel drive Wrangler. However, Chrysler's ENVI organisation is exploring four-wheel-drive, in-wheel electric motors to demonstrate the full reach of the Company's advanced electric-drive technologies.
When this technology is developed by ENVI, the instant high torque of the electric-drive motor and the ability to precisely control each wheel independently will result in off-road capability ideally suited for the Jeep brand, without compromising on-road capability.
The Wrangler Unlimited EV also uses an ENVI Range-extended Electric Vehicle powertrain, consisting of an electric motor, an advanced lithium-ion battery system, and a small petrol engine with an integrated electric generator to produce additional energy to power the electric-drive system when needed. The electric motor produces 200kW and 400Nm of torque.
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EV has a range of 650km, including almost 70km of zero fuel-consumption, zero-emissions, all-electric operation.