When we hear the words “Jeep Wrangler”, most of us would assume that it’s powered by either gas or diesel. But maybe somewhere down the road, we’ll start associating the badge with three powertrains. CAD4X Laboratory at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has been working on an extreme off-road Jeep powered by electricity only and they’ve already tested it in the real world earlier this year.
The first one we see may not be highway ready with a maximum speed of just 73 km/h, but the Wrangler EV handled every obstacle thrown at it like a champ including water crossings, dirt pile scrambles, and driving up a riverway. Even a steep staircase poses no challenge for the dual 60 kM motor that’s pushing out 160 hp and 29 kgm of torque. Although, the 37” BFG mud-terrain tires and Teraflex Longarm suspension lift may have helped.
Their second iteration still has the same 160 hp dual 60 kM motor, but it’s faster with a maximum speed of 108 km/h. This one was put to the test in the wild alongside a diesel JK Wrangler with similar offroad modifications and a gasoline TJ Wrangler. Torque delivery was just overall smoother with the Wrangler EV and there’s less wheel spin.
The group has uploaded plenty of videos with their Wrangler EV in action, but the one below seems to be the best for comparison.