Official ALL Jeep Branded Vehicles To Be Electric By 2022
Jeep has had its fair share of the limelight as of late, with the release of the Gladiator pickup truck, but this time they’ve done something that nobody saw coming. As if that wasn’t enough, Fiat-Chrysler has announced officially that ALL Jeep branded vehicles will be electric by 2022.
Electric cars and SUVs are making a massive entry into the mainstream with the recent introduction of vehicles from most major manufacturers, and even some newcomers. Rivian is set to release a new luxury pickup truck R1T and an SUV dubbed the R1S that are both set to be released in 2021. Ford announced its Mustang Mach E, a fully electric Sedan that should be delivering late in 2020. Some manufacturers have had electrics for several years, including Tesla, Kia, Hyundai, Volvo, Chevrolet, just to name a few.
With electrics being introduced into the Jeep lineup of vehicles, it reenforces the fact that we are on the way to being a fully electrified society.
Jeep has been long known as an outdoor enthusiasts brand, a cult following in fact. Many Jeep owners inherit their first Jeep, and continue to invest in the brand as they get older. Jeep is arguably the most loved brand on the road, and for good reason.
Jeep Wrangler will be an even bigger hit when you slam an electric motor in it, but we don’t know much about what sort of range it will have. Jeep has announced that all members of its lineup will have at least one electric variant within the next 2 model years. With Ford coming out with Plug-In Hybrid type of electrics, it is possible that Jeep follows suit in fear of going 100% electric. It will be interesting to see how well these are received.
The first Electrics will be the Jeep Wrangler, Compass, and Renegade, all with a plug-in Hybrid models rather than fully electric motors. Most buyers are quite reluctant to buy a fully electric car as it means having to learn a whole new system of taking care of one’s automobile. The benefits of a plug-in Hybrid style drivetrain is that you have limited battery range of 20-40 miles typically, then the gasoline engine takes over. In the case of a longer trip, this is an excellent option as you don’t have to stop to charge, but you will have to fill up the fuel tank. If you are like most Americans, you make a short trip to work and back so you will likely not have to refuel your car very often.
The negative side effects of a plug-in Hybrid design is that most people we have spoken to who have owned one, is after driving for a few months, they would have preferred to just go all electric. What this could mean in the future is a massive amount of plug-in Hybrid cars, trucks, and SUVs that are obsolete as nobody will want to buy them. Is this just part of the car’s planned obsolescence? But of course this is only our opinion, and we may be wrong. What do YOU think?