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Jeep CJ Surge Concept

Custom designed and engineered to explore an efficient battery-electric propulsion system for classic Jeep models; the Jeep CJ Surge “electromod” concept allows Mopar designers and engineers to gain a better understanding of potential BEV parts kit applications, leading to a future propulsion-system offering for enthusiasts to build or convert classic and current cars and trucks into zero-emission vehicles. The electric Jeep will on display at the Mopar booth during the 2022 SEMA Show.

Jeep CJ Surge Concept: Details

A custom propulsion system powers the Jeep CJ Surge concept. Under the hood, a scalable 400-volt, 200-kW Electric Drive Module mounts to the frame with custom-designed solid motor mounts. In addition, 24 lithium-ion battery modules supply power to all four wheels, and torque runs through a two-speed Jeep transfer case with selectable gearing. Battery modules are enclosed in a custom shell mounted in the rear of the passenger cabin. Total range was not disclosed.

Jeep CJ Surge Concept

Riding on 35-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tires paired with a 2-inch lift kit, the stunning Copper Canyon body stands out with gloss black and Surf Blue Surge graphics and bodyside striping. The concept hood and bezel are painted gloss black, along with the iconic seven-slot Jeep grille. The CJ Surge concept rolls on matte black 18-by-9-inch Black Rhino Solid wheels that carry Surf Blue accents on the rim beads and ride below the oversized concept fender flares. Front and rear Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) Dana 44 Crate axles help the CJ Surge concept easily crawl over rocks and boulders.

The Jeep CJ Surge concept also features a JPP Wrangler JK Rubicon Bumper Kit, carries a JPP Rubicon Warn winch up front, and is flanked on both sides by Surf Blue tow hooks and amber LED fog lamps. Underbody protection is provided by a JPP Rubicon skid, front-bumper plates, and concept JPP rock rails. In addition, a custom BEV charge port is located just behind the drive-side door opening.

Looking out from the 2-inch cropped windshield, the driver and passenger are perched in custom seats with concept seat risers. Both seats feature Surf Blue stitching on the black Sedoso cloth and houndstooth fabric inserts. A Wrangler JK center console features a rotary shifter knob, while Mopar instrument-panel gauges include a charge indicator to let the driver know how much battery life remains. Lastly, a custom-built roll cage surrounds the cockpit of the CJ Surge concept.

Jeep CJ Surge Concept

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Ford Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.


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