The next-generation Jeep Wrangler JL may is expected to arrive in hybrid form eventually, however a Korean organization has gone a step further than Fiat Chrysler plans to and developed full-electric conversion kits for the Jeep Wrangler JK.
The electric Jeeps were developed by the CAD4X Laboratory at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, which specialzies in the computer-aided design of circuits and energy systems. The vehicle’s drive system consists of a Kokam NMC battery and dual 60 kWh electric motors for a combined output of 160 horsepower and 209 lb-ft of torque. Like all electric vehicles, the torque is delivered to the wheels instantaneously, making the drive system perfect for rock crawling and getting up and over steep obstacles.
CAD4X’s video demonstration of its electric Jeeps show the vehicles outperforming a diesel Wrangler JK and gasoline-powered Jeep Wrangler TJ in in a variety off-road scenarios. The Jeep’s on-road performance isn’t bad, either, with a top speed of 106 km/h and a range of around 70-miles. The 5 kWh charger can also bring the battery to back full in around 6 hours, while a quicker charging system will get things back up and running in around 30 minutes.
CAD4X’s electric Jeep is still a work in progress, but we think they’re certainly onto something. You can see their development mules in action in the video embedded above.