Prius C Hybrid gets 50mpg city AND highway. With city driving, you'll never go fast enough for aerodynamics to take effect. I can definitely see 25-30mpg city for the Wrangler if done right.
For now, I agree. And that's why the 2020 version will be a Plug-in and not full electric. But, like you said, when battery capacity improves so a vehicle can get get 300-500 miles on a charge, that will be plenty to get you through the trail and to a place with charging capability. Some gas stations are already adding charging stations. The other possibility is small on-board fuel cells for charging, but my bet is better batteries, and charging times equal to a gasoline fill up. I've done the Rubicon (22 miles long) several times, Sierra Trek, Surprise Canyon to Panamint City, most trails in Death Valley, Mojave Road, and most of the trails at Moab. With a 20 gallon tank I never got close to running out. Mojave Road is over 100 miles long with no gas stations or stores. A 300 - 500 mile range on electric would work once the infrastructure is in place for charging before and after the trail.I would guess an electric plug-in Wrangler will not be made for off road and will be more of a street convertible. Battery capacity will be a limiting factor to the large portion of off roaders. There are not enough places where charging stations would be feasible for off roaders to be targeted with a true electric hybrid vehicle. One day it will happen, but that will require leaps and bounds in battery technology, then that technology to be proven and mass produced.
It's still unknown as nothing has been released. If I had to make an education guess for manufacturer to make this as cost effectively as possible no new or revolutionary changes would be made.Concerning the future Wrangler PHEV, do you have an idea of the architecture ?
The electric motor will power the front wheels ? Or the rear wheels ?
And what transmission is expected ? a boring CVT transmission or a modern automatic transmission ?
Would it come with the V6 or the 2.0L 4 cylinders ?
Thx in advance for your answers !
Good question. We parked our 2006 MDX and leased a FIAT 500e for commuting. Drove the MDX on weekends if need be. Our gas bill dropped from $280/month to $60/month (six month average). Our electric bill went up by $48/month (actual was $24/month, but we have free charging at work, so I doubled it to be conservative). The lease cost $120/month for the electric car. It was basically free.I wonder how much your electric bill goes up? From what I’ve read from some EV owners a good bit. Also last time I checked my electricity was natural gas or coal in my area.
Also, your second question is common, but EVs are also cleaner, even if your grid is 100% coal. There are numerous studies that look at this, done by a variety of non-profits. EVs are not zero emission,but are far better for human health (air quality) as well as the planet (greenhouse gases).Good question. We parked our 2006 MDX and leased a FIAT 500e for commuting. Drove the MDX on weekends if need be. Our gas bill dropped from $280/month to $60/month (six month average). Our electric bill went up by $48/month (actual was $24/month, but we have free charging at work, so I doubled it to be conservative). The lease cost $120/month for the electric car. It was basically free.
I thought they mentioned the earnings call talking about the PHEV, not necessarily the report. Maybe I misheard, though.That TFL video and other sources keep making reference to the FCA earnings report regarding a PHEV Wrangler release for 2020, but the earnings report makes no such mention of that. The only reference to any PHEV, is the Renegade PHEV being scheduled for release in early 2020.