Wrangler introduces Jeep's first electric-powered vehicle

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Fiat Chrysler's Jeep brand is starting to offer gas-electric hybrid and eventually full electric powertrains across its lineup.

The company rolled out the first of them Thursday, a plug-in Wrangler to go on sale in the U.S., Europe and China early next year.

The Wrangler 4xe can go 25 miles on electricity before a 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine takes over. Drivers can choose to have an engine-powered generator recharge the batteries , although it would take about 2.5 hours at 45 to 55 mph to fully replenish them. The Wrangler 4xe, due in showrooms early next year, will have a 375 horsepower available if electric and gas motors are used at the same time, and the company says it will get the equivalent of 50 miles per gallon of gasoline . It can also run in a hybrid mode, switching between gasoline and electricity to get the most efficiency.

It's not clear if there's a big market yet for a plug-in Wrangler, or any electric vehicles for that matter, said Guidehouse analyst Sam Abuelsamid. Last year in the U.S., only 310,000 plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles were sold, less than 2% of the market."There are a lot of Jeep owners, people who go off-roading, who also want to preserve the environment where they go off-roading," Abuelsamid said.

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Those electric vehicles powered by fossil fuels.

25 miles? Let me know when I can go 500kms and I’m all ears.


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