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All Electric Jeep Grand Cherokee By AMP

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On: Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 10:51AM | By: Chris Weiss

All Electric Jeep Grand Cherokee By AMP

Auto tuning must be among the least green endeavors on Earth. These tuners take gas-powered cars that are often among the least efficient and dirtiest on the planet and make them even more powerful (and more dirty). But not every single tuner thrives on increasing displacement and adding pressure charging toward outrageous output figures. Ohio-based tuner Amp actually makes cars cleaner. The tuner's latest endeavor is a fully electric Jeep Grand Cherokee.

I'd love to enjoy the efficiency of an electric vehicle, especially since I don't drive often or far. Problem is, I live in the mountains and the winter gets cold and snowy. A compact, FWD electric car isn't going to cut it. The Toyota Rav4 EV, which will launch in the next couple of years, looks promising, but what I'd really like to see is a fully capable all-electric SUV. And I can't think of a better model than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Amp has equipped the Jeep Grand Cherokee with a battery-powered system. It uses a 37.6 lithium-iron-phosphate battery to power 152 kW (203 hp) worth of two rear-mounted electric motors. The powertrain delivers a range that Amp lists at between 80 and 100 miles.

Amp keeps all factory accessories, and despite the addition of a battery, the interior and cargo space remain completely intact.

Amp will debut the Jeep at the North American International Auto Show next month. It will offer more details including pricing and availability information at the show.

Earlier this year, Amp delivered its first Mercedes ML350 EV. That model uses a similar layout with two rear-mounted motors drawing power from a custom-built 40 kWh lithium-iron-phosphate battery. The electrified ML350 has 220 hp and up to 100 miles of range. It tops out at an electronically controlled speed of 90 mph and hits 60 mph in under 10 seconds.



Stephy21 | 9:27AM (Mon, Jan 2, 2012)

I like that they are coming out with a all electric Jeep and it has 80 to 100 miles on a charge that's awesome.

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