Jeep has confirmed plans to reveal a battery-electric Jeep Wrangler. The concept will bow at the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah on March 27th. In the meantime, Jeep has dropped a teaser for our enjoyment.
Aptly named the Wrangler BEV for “battery electric vehicle,” the electric Wrangler maintains its iconic design. In fact, it is based on the production Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid. However, instead of a gas engine as the main supplier of power, the Wrangler BEV has additional batteries. It isn’t clear how many electric motors the Wrangler BEV is packing, despite a cutaway view of the powertrain. There appears to be a traditional transfer case, but the motors are not clear in the photo. Most four-wheel-drive focused BEV’s feature an electric motor on each axle.
While the overall design appears to be traditional Wrangler, there are some slight differences. Namely, the iconic seven-slot grille appears to be solid. This makes total sense given there is no functional use for a traditional grille on an EV. Additional, the concept appears to be based on the longer Wrangler Unlimited. It’s safe to say Jeep has likely incorporated additional styling cues unique to this concept that can’t be extrapolated from the shadowy teaser.
Expect to hear further details surrounding the Jeep Wrangler BEV concept once it is revealed next month. It is unclear if Jeep will announce any plans to bring the BEV to market.