Jeep is going all-electric! The iconic Jeep brand is associated with big-bulky, go-anywhere 4x4s, and now it’s finally launching its first-ever EV in 2023. While that’s only a year away, Jeep is yet to reveal any specifications or even the name of the vehicle yet.
As a part of its ‘Dare Forward 2030’ strategic plan, the unnamed SUV is rumoured to be based on the STLA small platform that can support a battery capacity of up to 82kWh and a range of 300 miles (482km). From the looks of it, the Jeep EV may be a compact offering like the Jeep Compass.
Jeep also confirmed that it would release zero-emission versions of all its vehicles by 2025, including the fossil-fueled ones and hybrids. Currently, the brand has a plug-in hybrid version of the Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee SUV, and is planning to launch an off-road version of the Grand Cherokee, the Trailhawk with a hybrid motor.
The announcement of the new Jeep EV falls within the comprehensive plan set up by its parent company, Stellantis, to electrify most of its line-up. This includes an EV version of the Ram 1500 pickup truck and an all-electric Dodge muscle car. The multi-national conglomeration was formed last year after the merger of Fiat Chrysler with the PSA Group, based in France.
Compared to its rivals, Stellantis has been slow in its EV rollout. Jeep will have to play catch up, if it intends to compete with brands like Ford and GM, who already have multiple EV offerings coming out this year.