Jeep released the Jeep Wrangler 4xe with plug-in hybrid technology in 2021. This SUV is the only electric vehicle with a removable top, giving drivers a sensory experience of the wind in their hair and silence on the trails. The automaker released the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe in 2022, continuing its dedication to positively impacting the environment.
How Does the Electric Jeep Perform?
Jeep 4xe models (pronounced four-by-ee) feature an electric motor, a 400V lithium-ion battery, and a 2.0-liter inline-four combustion engine. All models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Wrangler and Grand Cherokee hybrid powertrains deliver 270 horsepower from the inline-four engine. When the hybrid system is engaged, the horsepower increases to 375 for an unexpectedly exhilarating ride.
Does the Electric Jeep Have Driving Modes?
Drivers in the Jeep 4xe electric models can take advantage of three driving modes. Both models default to Hybrid mode, where the vehicle’s computer maximizes the electric motor and combustion engine.
Drivers can also choose eSave Mode to save the battery and electric motor for a trail ride, relying on the combustion engine to get to the trailhead. The 4xe models also have Electric Mode, where the drivetrain uses only the battery and electric motor.
This video shows drivers how to use the modes and switch from Hybrid to Electric to eSave and back again while on the road. The mode buttons are conveniently located to the left of the steering wheel.
How Long Does It Take To Charge the Electric Jeep?
The electric Jeep comes with a Level One charging cable. It plugs into a 110-volt outlet, and charging takes approximately 12 hours.
The fastest way to charge the electric Jeep is with a Level Two system, which uses a 220-volt outlet. Charging with a Level Two system takes roughly 2.5 hours. Unfortunately, drivers cannot charge an electric Jeep with a Level Three fast-charging system, because the battery is too small.
What Charging Cables and System Work Best With an Electric Jeep?
The best charging system for an electric Jeep is a Level Two system. Owners can install a Level Two charging station in their garage or they can use public charging systems scattered around the United States.
Jeep EVs cannot use Tesla charging stations; they must use the J1772 plugs at charging stations from PlugShare, ChargePoint, Enel X, and other systems. Some drivers use adaptors to access the collection of Tesla Level Two chargers. But this hack will only work with Tesla’s standard chargers; according to Enel X Way, it’s not possible for other vehicles to use Tesla Superchargers.
What Are the Available Trims on the Wrangler 4xe?
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe comes in three trims. All trims come standard with an 8.4-inch infotainment system; this includes the award-winning Uconnect system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. All trims come with a 7.0-inch digital driver information cluster and have LED headlights, taillights, fog lights, and daytime running lights.
The Sahara trim features heated and ventilated leather seats with manual adjustability and a black cloth top. The steering wheel is also heated. Sahara comes with 20-inch painted aluminum wheels, side rails, and larger brakes.
The Rubicon trim has 33-inch tires and an off-road Rock-Trac Full-Time 4×4 System.
The High Altitude offers additional exterior features such as color-matching rear windows and bumpers. All models have electric blue trim to designate that they are electrified.
What Are the Available Trims on the Grand Cherokee 4XE?
Most Grand Cherokee 4xe trims come with an 8.4-inch infotainment system, but drivers can upgrade to a 10.1-inch model. The trims come with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The intro trim is the 4xe with leather seats and a heated steering wheel. It features a nine-speaker Alpine audio system.
The second trim is the Trail Hawk with off-road features like red tow hooks, Quad-Trac II 4×43 system, and air suspension.
The mid-level trim is the Overland 4xe with upgraded Nappa leather seats, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and rain-sensing wipers.
The top trims – Summit and Summit Reserve – feature special exterior styling and an impressive list of luxury items. The 10.1-inch infotainment screen is standard on both Summit trims. The front Nappa leather seats have massage features, and the stereo in the Summit Reserve is a 19-speaker McIntosh system.
What Technology Comes Standard in the Jeep Electric Vehicle?
Jeep electric vehicles feature the award-winning Uconnect system – a user-friendly system with intuitive controls that drivers can access through the touchscreen or voice control.
One of the apps included with the Uconnect system is Travel Link. It gives information about fuel prices, local weather, and nearby charging stations. The technology also shows drivers how the drivetrain is using the electric motor and the 2.0-liter engine.
Shoppers interested in electric Jeeps often have similar questions.
Does Jeep make a fully electric SUV?
At this time, Jeep does not manufacture a fully electric car. The automaker has two plug-in hybrid electric vehicles: Wrangler Unlimited 4xe and Grand Cherokee 4xe.
According to The Verge and Business Insider, Jeep will offer a fully electric Wrangler in the near future. The automaker plans to develop several fully electric vehicles, and the Jeep Wrangler Magneto is the current prototype. The fully electric Jeep models will wear the 4xe name, like the plug-in hybrid models available today.
What will the electric Jeep cost?
Jeep EVs sell for different prices. The Wrangler Unlimited 4xe has a starting price of $53,795. The Grand Cherokee 4xe has a starting price of $58,095.
Which Jeep models are electric?
Only two Jeep models are electric: Wrangler Unlimited 4xe and Grand Cherokee 4xe. The Wrangler Unlimited 4xe comes in three trims: Sahara, Rubicon, and High Altitude. The Grand Cherokee 4xe comes in five trims: 4xe, Trail Hawk, Overland, Summit, and Summit Reserve.