The SEMA 2016 showroom is chock-a-block with Jeep Wranglers, but it’s this fully-electric JK that’s getting all the attention.
Among the crowd at the Poison Spyder/Pro Comp stand at SEMA 2016 in Las Vegas sat this one-of-a-kind Jeep JK Wrangler. What makes it special is that it’s fully electric – and remains a very competent off-road machine.
“We’ve converted a Jeep JK into a completely electric vehicle. We removed the original engine and transmission and replaced it with a permanent AC motor similar to a Tesla,” explains Ted Moncure from Pro Comp.
Supplying power is a lithium-ion battery pack that allows the truck to travel 240km, or go four days on the trail on one charge.
“It’s [got] the best kind of lithium-ion battery pack basically – the highest energy and highest density available.”
The team that built the all-leccy Jeep left nothing in the change rooms, with a plethora of high-end suspension and driveline bits also installed.
“We’ve equipped it with a Pro Comp long arm suspension system, billet control arms, coil-over and bypass shocks, and 40-inch wheel and tyres, so it is ready to go to King of The Hammers or Baja, and we can be environmentally friendly while we do it.”
Ted went on to say that the electric motor and battery system they used will one day be available to purchase: “It [the electric motor and battery] will be available through 4wheelparts.”
“We’re helping them develop it and, doing the trail testing, helping them understand what it takes to survive in the US off-road market.”