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Old 01-09-2014, 02:40 AM   #1
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Jeep Hybrids Under Consideration » AutoGuide.com News

They are considering a hybrid.

At first, I though this was a horrible idea leading down the mall crawler / soccer mom / SUV path. Then, I had a second thought. What if it was more toward the Utility Vehicle roots? What if it was electric and hybrid with solar collectors, shed the AC, excess weight, and overabundance of electronic gadgets to go for the survivalist flavor?

What if you threw out the excess computerization, surround sound, plush interiors and made it more along the lines of what you would want if it all hit the fan? Still need 4WD. Maybe go back to a simple / bulletproof manual transmission. Maybe even a polymer body to lighten it up.

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Would the solar panels be able to collect enough energy to run it in an emergency situation? To my understanding you need a whole lot of solar collecting for a moderate amount of energy.
Very interesting thought though.
As far as survivalist flavor goes, that's why I like diesel engines. Because they can run on just about anything flammable for a time.

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I was thinking the same way on the engine. I wonder how difficult it would be to go the multi-fuel route.

Solar panels can't provide enough to drive a motor, but they can charge batteries that can drive the motor. Someone had a solar panel on their trailer in one of the forums. They used it to charge batteries and run conveniences when camping.
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My question would be for those that enjoy a night run? And how many mpgs will one get per week? Too many details need to be ironed out.
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