I was wondering if we were going to see any non-GM range-extended electric vehicle (REEV) concepts at this year's Detroit Auto Show, but I was pretty surprised to find out that the only one was coming from Jeep.
The two-seater, open-air Jeep Renegade is powered 100% by two electric motors that hook up to the front and rear axle (providing four-wheel drive.) The 16 kWh Li-ion battery pack can push the car for a theoretical 40 miles before an on-board diesel generator kicks on to recharge the batteries.
The diesel generator uses the BluTec emissions control system, and so it keeps the slight emissions the vehicle does have cleaner than a normal diesel. And the combined efficiency of the battery powered 40 miles, and another 200 miles of driving is around 110 miles per gallon.
Pretty good for a Jeep...unfortunately, no word on when...or if, this car will actually exist.
Note: GM paid for my hotel and travel to the Detroit Auto Show.
written by Joe Tassin, January 27, 2008
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