Totally agree. 50 MPGe is a big deal for range and efficiency.Can't believe there is no chatter about what's possibly a ground breaking overland vehicle. Never understood why hybrids have not been used more in truck applications. My concern would be them having all the bugs worked out.
It's all about getting the best possible EPA mileage ratings. The less rubber the less rolling resistance. So a solid metal wheel with a tiny strip of rubber on it for traction give the best fuel mileage.Neat vehicle. But, build in price is coming north of 60k for non Rubicon for me. That's a lot of dough. And why did Jeep equip these with 20" wheels except for Rubicon?
I share reliability concerns for remote travel. It's paramount. Note, though, the example of Prius, which over its twenty or so years has proven to be a remarkably reliable platform. That provides at least some measure of hope that we can have similarly reliable hybrid platforms for off-road tourers.I would love it...if it proves as dependable as a non-hybrid vehicle.
To me, out exploring out in the middle of nowhere - a hundred miles from the nearest pavement - dependability is paramount. In all the surveys I've seen, electrical problems are what most people report in any of the newer vehicles...just follow the Jeep forums as I do as a Rubicon owner and its scary how many of these brand spanking new vehicles are leaving their owners stranded, especially the "eTorque" versions. When something goes wrong with a hybrid drivetrain, it is not a trailside fix. It has to be hauled to a dealer with the appropriate diagnostic gear. I can just imagine the problems I'd have getting a towing service into some of the places I take my Jeep.
Still, I would love a simple, dependable, all electric vehicle. Silent - just the sound of the tires on dirt. 500 mile range and I'd be happy.
The price is difficult to swallow. Hopefully there will be tax credits to help soften the blow--I haven't looked into that.Neat vehicle. But, build in price is coming north of 60k for non Rubicon for me. That's a lot of dough. And why did Jeep equip these with 20" wheels except for Rubicon?