The 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EV isn't Jeep's first electric vehicle, but the Wrangler edition is a bit more advanced. The 2010 Wrangler Unlimited EV is based on the extended range electric vehicles (EERVs) that are crafted out of small, fuel efficient compact cars. Chrysler has demonstrated their technology with both a minivan, and now with the Wrangler, giving us Jeep's only two wheel drive model with impressive fuel economy.
As with most EERVs, the 2010 Wrangler Unlimited EV runs as an electric vehicle so long as its lithium ion batteries hold a charge. Chrysler claims that they will power the 268 horsepower electric motor up to 40 miles, before a small gasoline engine kicks in. The internal combustion engine doesn't physically drive the rear wheels, but acts as a generator and feeds electricity to both the battery and the electric motor. In total, Chrysler says the combination of battery and generator is enough to travel 400 miles on a ten gallon tank of fuel.
A downside to the 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EV seems to be that it does not offer drivers the choice of a four wheel drive Wrangler. Chrysler claims that it is working on one that will come complete with in wheel electric motors up front. This will go in line with Jeeps motto, and Jeep has stated that one goal is to develop electric drive solutions for every segment and for every costumer. The EV brings the ultimate fuel efficiency and ultra clean transportation to the market segment whose consumers want to explore the environment to the fullest.