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Old 10-10-2010, 09:04 PM   #1
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electric jeep

Anyone know what happened with the electric (hybrid) jeep concept? Saw some info on this a year or so ago. Did it die with TARP and the auto manufacturer bailout?

PS. Can you imagine Chadwick in an electric jeep? Zzzzzzzzztt

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Old 10-10-2010, 09:39 PM   #2
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Thought I saw somewhere that they pulled the plug on that project


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Personally I think an all electric jeep wouldn't be a bad idea. Electric motors have some torque to them. And jeeps are all about exploring nature so why not perserve what we explore?
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Gee I don't know.... would rather have a diesel Wrangler. btw anything thats better for our planet is awesome like ^^^
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Gee I don't know.... would rather have a diesel Wrangler. btw anything thats better for our planet is awesome like ^^^
Hybrids and electric vehicles are not necessarily better for the planet. Need to factor in the pollution generated in the manufacture and disposal of the massive batteries in these vehicles. This kind of gets glossed over by some. Also range of this vehicle on battery alone was projected at 40 miles. Then a gas generator would kick in to make the juice to run the electric motor. This is what I recall from a year or so ago. Still as pointed out above, electric motor would have good torque for off road applications.
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Here's a link from last November that talks about the electric vehicle plans by Chrysler (or Fiat):

Chrysler Torches ENVI Electric Car Program

Note how this link is from a GM Chevy Volt website.. it will be very interesting to see how well the Volt sells.. it may just be the one vehicle that changes everything.. or it may be the vehicle that ends everything.. only time and sales will tell (BTW.. didn't GM already kill the electric car once!).
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Here's a link from last November that talks about the electric vehicle plans by Chrysler (or Fiat):

Chrysler Torches ENVI Electric Car Program

Note how this link is from a GM Chevy Volt website.. it will be very interesting to see how well the Volt sells.. it may just be the one vehicle that changes everything.. or it may be the vehicle that ends everything.. only time and sales will tell (BTW.. didn't GM already kill the electric car once!).

Yeah but that was before the Govt' "bought" them out and now the Govt' dictates what GM can research and market.
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I read that when Fiat bought a part of the Chrysler they killed the program to focus on their hybrid minivan.

Who Killed the Electric Car was a good documentary that explains GM's, Ford's and Toyota's electric vehicle follies. And it's not all blamed on the fuel companies.

The Volt is designed to run like a diesel-electric locomotive, so it's not new tech. Just took them forever to put it in a car. The best benefits would be from short trips, less than 40 miles a day, and plugging it in at night. Could almost use no gas at all. Most people, not all, travel less than that to work and back everyday so it would be beneficial to them. Especially since, unlike the prius, they are not limited to a particular speed and can plug-in.

Drove my wife's Prius on a nature trail around a lake in MO with the windows down and AC off; all we could hear were the birds singing and the small amount of sound made by the tires. Would have been awesome to have a Jeep that could do that.

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