4Xe can complete Rubicon on EV-power
New solar chargers mean plugging in when you’re unplugged
Wondering where you might charge your PHEV Jeep in the middle of the wilderness? If a Jeep charges in the forest, does it make a sound? Jeep has some ideas, including solar-powered charging stations in the great outdoors.
Yes, we know that since it’s a plug-in hybrid, you can just keep driving on gas power, but what if you don’t want to disturb the wildlife in your Jeep Wrangler 4Xe? Jim Morrison, head of Jeep North America, told Roadshow that the company has some bold plans for a new type of charging network.
The plan is for Jeep to install solar chargers on select trails in California and Utah. One of those will be the 22-mile Rubicon Trail, the trail that gives the Trail Rated badge its name on the fenders of Jeeps. It’s one of the most iconic off-road trails in the world. and Jeep is putting a charging station at Rubicon Springs, the trail’s halfway point.
Morrison said that a Rubicon 4Xe had successfully made the whole Rubicon without a charge, but Jeep understands that if you’re in the wilderness, you’d like to keep a supply of fuel. And that includes electrons.
The Wrangler will be able to charge in a couple of hours, and Jeep is planning to put the chargers at campsites or lunch spots. The kind of places where you’re already likely to spend a few hours. Rock crawlers are generally not in a hurry, and if they are, they’re likely to need more than just a charge.
Clean charging on a silent off-road adventure sounds like the kind of thing to bring a lot more people into the great outdoors.