► Electric Jeeps on the horizon
► Particularly suitable for seven slot grille models
► All about the traction
It might be a few years away from a production line, but an electric Jeep is already on sketch boards in Detroit, and has the potential to be a more capable and potent off-road machine, says the head of its design team.
While virtually all mainstream manufacturers have embarked on an electric vehicle development program long ago, there has been little to get excited about from Jeep’s mechanical design and powertrain executives - aside from emerging hybrids.
Previous reports that the company is planning rangewide electrification are yet to be followed by any confirmed full electric models, development mules, drivetrain showcases or teaser information.
EV in the ether
However, the company’s top designer says a pure EV is something the design team is already preparing for.
Speaking as a guest on our sister site WhichCar’s podcast, Jeep head of design Mark Allen said designing an electric Jeep is not only something the department is considering, but that the technology is particularly suitable for seven-slot grille models.
'It’s a hot topic and we talk about it all the time,' he told WhichCar Weekly. 'We have ideas and plans for the future well beyond what we have now.
'We’ve talked recently about powertrains and electrification and really what that brings for us and I don’t see it as a compliance issue. I view it as an opportunity to make what we do even better.'
According to Allen, the possibilities that electric drivetrains enable, will boost off-road capability as well as the more frequently cited emissions and renewable energy advantages.