Jeep Wrangler Proves Hybrids Are Far From Dead
SEMA 2021 was pretty much a colossal letdown. The list of vendors was pathetic, and the overall show vibe was lackluster. However, as a journalist, I set out to find some exciting things about the show, which turned the tide.
The Jeep Wrangler 4Xe - Keeping Hybrids Alive
While the rest of the world seems to take on EVs with no second thought, Jeep has come up with another plan. Use hybrid technology and keep the brand alive.
I think that the new hybrid Jeep is a beautiful idea. The hybrid powertrain system will provide a far more reliable (hopefully) platform. Hybrids are typically known to be underpowered lackluster commuters. However, the Jeep has 375 horsepower and a whopping 740 lb-ft of torque.
The Jeep, for a hybrid, is impressive. The 49 mile EV range is also something to brag about. Toyota Prime models are hardly pushing 30 miles. The comprehensive range with gasoline operation is 370 miles, which is excellent for an off-road warrior.
Hybrids are far from dead. Toyota and Jeep, with their new hybrid vehicles, are keeping gasoline alive and strong. We need to have a change in the gasoline world, and hybrids provide that option for all.
I think that once I can get some drive time on the Jeep 4Xe, I will probably want one. That is all for this one. Remember, today's adventure is tomorrow's story. Have a great Turkey day.
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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting. Read more of Peter's stories at Toyota news coverage on Torque News. Search Toyota Prius Torque News for more in depth Prius coverage from our reporter.