I agree - just a few More years of battery development and it won’t be an issue. Just need to bridge with transitional technology. Those solar stations will be simple to build and later remove....Aesthetically the last thing I want to see in the great outdoors is charging stations everywhere.
Long range light weight batteries are in the same category as that 80 mpg carburetor...I agree - just a few More years of battery development and it won’t be an issue. Just need to bridge with transitional technology. Those solar stations will be simple to build and later remove....
Sad indeed! It happens every time a decision is put forth that concerns anything larger than phone holders or floor mats.I find it sad that the social pressure is enormous to only tout the “good” rather than have an honest conversation.
Meh....As reported by CNET Roadshow
Jeep will build solar charging stations on trails for the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid
Jeep is going to make it easier to juice up your plug-in hybrid Wrangler while out in the wild.
September 4, 2020
Jim Morrison, head of Jeep in North America, dropped a pretty cool bit of news in an interview Thursday. To coincide with the launch of the plug-in hybrid Wrangler 4xe, the company will install solar charging stations on select trails in California and Utah. Morrison confirmed that owners will be able to charge up at Rubicon Springs, the halfway point of the 22-mile Rubicon Trail, as well as on select trails in Moab, Utah.
Of course, with 25 miles of electric range, the Wrangler 4xe shouldn't need a charge while on the Rubicon, and I imagine all the braking one has to do will keep the regenerative power going strong. In fact, Morrison said the 4xe completed the Rubicon in all-electric mode with no problems. But it's always good to wheel with as much fuel -- or electrons -- as possible, since you never know what will happen.
Drivers will be able to fully charge the Wrangler 4xe in about 2 hours, and most chargers will be placed in camping or lunch spots where folks will likely want to spend a lot of time.
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe boasts 375 horsepower and a whopping 470 pound-feet of torque. In the aptly named Rubicon trim, the 4xe is 744 pounds heavier than a standard gas-powered Wrangler, but it should still outperform its conventional counterpart with all that sweet, sweet instant electric torque.
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe will go on sale later this year.
I will take a contrary opinion. The JL is the best Jeep ever and an engineering marvel for the level of poise and streetabilty it possesses along with its off road prowessSince 2007, the Wrangler brand has been writhing around like a headless snake. Rather than sticking with a proven chassis, developing that chassis as technology evolves, Wrangler just keeps adding and deleting trim levels and drive trains. 2 years for the LJ, then 4 years for the 3.8 JK, seven for the JK 3.6L; now the too-wide-for-some shelf/slot trails JL 2.0 & 3.6. ESS then no ESS; Turbo Boost then no Turbo Boost; eTorque, then no eTorque; three wheelbases; soon the PHEV and possibly a Hemi. Since the TJ and despite a lot of time passing by, none seem to quite hit the mark as the just right Wrangler. Too many non wheeling wannabe execs in the non American, sold out to, Fiat kitchen. Lets consider the JT: departure angle is horrible! Wheel base is closer to a motorhome than an athletic off road pickup. The 5' bed is anemic for hauling. When a flat happens, try digging a 37" spare from under the bed in 8" of mud or in 10" of sand or snow! The Euro execs ignored a 2 door Wrangler pickup on the available JLU chassis with spare located well off the ground on a strong swing down tailgate which can lengthen the bed to 8 feet and give a useful haul/work/sleep/table surface like every other standard pickup in creation. The design betrays the fact that these Fiat/Chrysler Euro people never did an honest day's labor or wheeling in their lives. Then, there's the $40,000 Wrangler premium for a convertible kind-of pickup.
I will have to agree on the JT. Rear door shape was a huge fail. They could have cut 6" out of the wheelbase and rear compartment and it would have been just fine. 6'+ backseat passengers don't need to be able to stretch their legs. The 5' bed doesn't really bother me as most 1/2 tons have the same useless bed size, and no one is buying the JT to use as a truck anyway.Most of what he said was specific to JT though.
And yet it's promoted as a truck. No wonder we're not getting the kind of Wranglers we old guys want. My TJ serves as a truck....with a kinda 4 foot bed.....deleted the back seat. Don't wanna pay 70 Grand for a Rubicon pickup that's not a pickup. Moreover, it's hardly a Rubicon considering the departure angle and under carriage spare. Hell, the Nissan Frontier filled that gap years ago with its optional locker package.no one is buying the JT to use as a truck anyway.
I agree this isn't a great idea. I am not a fan of cutting down trees to run wire to a solar farm or to build a solar farm right there. I have a solar house and the CoolToys TV studio is solar. There are lots of places solar works. I don't think this is one of them.It is a solar station. How do you get gas to a gas station?