Is the Wrangler 4xe All Electric?
Jeep has been producing rugged vehicles for civilian use since the end of the Second World War. Prior to that, the Jeep had just become the standard military vehicle in its size class. Jeep has long had a reputation for creating durable vehicles that are well-suited to adventuring. As such, it has created something of a cult following in the United States, and elsewhere. When one thinks of Jeep, one does not think of electric vehicles.
Jeep, however, seeks to change this. The new Wrangler 4xe holds onto the rugged nature of the Jeep brand, but it is a hybrid vehicle. This is just the company’s initial foray into the space: as the decade goes on, they plan to release more electrified (that is, hybrid) vehicles, and to release all-electric models as well. The company recently released a concept car that embodies the future all-electric Jeeps, and it looks good.
This post, however, will focus on a car that Jeep has actually finished building: the Wrangler 4xe. This vehicle is a plug-in hybrid, which means that it both retains a traditional internal combustion engine and has a battery on board. This means that drivers have the advantages of both types of vehicle at their fingertips when driving the Wrangler 4xe.
Wrangler 4xe Specs
The new Jeep Wrangler 4xe comes in three available trims. These are the Sahara, Rubicon, and High Altitude. All three of these options come standard with a 2.0L engine that outputs 270 horsepower by itself. While this is quite significant, the number becomes even larger when one considers what the battery brings to the table: the combined horsepower output for the traditional engine and the battery is 375. The EPA estimates that the 4xe gets 49 miles per gallon, which is also quite something.
The 4xe can run in a variety of modes. If you just want to cruise around town and run a few errands, you can go all-electric. The 4xe has a range of 21 miles in this mode, which consumes no gasoline. While this sounds like a low number, it is perfect for most daily driving, and allows you to recharge the vehicle when you’re done using it for the day.
When you’re setting off for a longer trip, however, you’ll need to select a different mode. In hybrid mode, the vehicle has an expected range of 370 miles on a full tank of gas. You can also use the ESave mode, which prioritizes saving the battery life. This can be useful if you’re taking the vehicle to go off-roading. You may want to do this because in hybrid mode the combined horsepower and torque of the internal combustion engine and battery are quite significant, which is perfect for high-demand driving like off-roading.
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe is a great entry into Jeep’s soon-to-grow line of hybrid and all-electric vehicles. It retains the rugged nature of a Jeep while gaining all of the advantages of an electrified vehicle. In addition to those outlined above, hybrid vehicles enjoy something called regenerative braking. This means that when you use the brakes the vehicle converts some of the heat energy generated by this into power for the battery, helping your battery stay topped-off. This also reduces wear on the brakes themselves.
Iowans who are looking to leap into a new Jeep can do no better than the Wrangler 4xe. It will still turn heads everywhere you go, even as you reduce your carbon footprint. Deery of Ames prides itself on having a tradition of service to the people of the Ames community, and the knowledgeable dealership staff will take great care of you when you next stop by.