The Enablers

  • May 19, 2023

It’s true the government is pushing EVs – even harder than it did the “vaccines.” And it’s true the car companies have – with a couple of notable exceptions – joined the push, much the same as corporations helped push the so-called “vaccines.” But much of the blame for the enabling of this can be laid at the feet of the car press – such as it has become – via the not explaining of this.

A good example of this being a piece (you add the rest) just published by Jalopnik, one of the guiltiest purveyors of misinformation about “electrification” – regarding the news that the Jeep Wrangler will become a battery powered device beginning in 2027.

Not a hybrid, like the currently available 4xe versions of the current Wrangler and other Jeep models, including the Grand Cherokee.

The latter suffer from none of the debilities that plague battery-powered devices because they are predominantly powered by an engine that provides power-as-you-go to the hybrid side of the system, which can also power the vehicle when the engine’s power isn’t needed.

Yin and yang.

But the critical point as regards hybrids like the current 4Xe hybrid versions of the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee – both of which can be plugged in for power – is that they don’t have to be.

These Jeeps can go about 25 miles as an EV – but they can also keep going for hundreds of miles farther than that, when the “EV” side runs empty. Which isn’t accurate, really – because in a hybrid system – unlike an EV system – the battery’s charge is never fully depleted, no matter how far you go, because it is constantly being recharged as you drive.

By the engine.

This is a critically important – because critically relevant – point not only left unexplained by the Jalopnik Enabler but deliberately obfuscated by him.

He writes:

“Jeep purists and fans, we’re going to have to sit you down for a moment. You might not be entirely prepared for this news. But it’s happening. The age of six cylinders pumping pure gasoline to power your off-roading stallion, is coming to an end. Jeep CEO Christian Meunier confirmed to UK’s Auto Express that the next generation Wrangler will be an off-roading EV.”

Which is true. But then:

Ok, it’s not that much of a surprise. Jeep has been playing with going electric for awhile now and the Wrangler 4xe was part of that toe-dipping experiment. But aside from a number of concepts we’ve seen from the brand, Meunier thinks Jeep customers are ready to embrace electrification because of how good the 4xe has been selling.”

Italics added.

After which point no edifying the reader about the fact that the 4Xe is a hybrid, goddamn it – not an EV.

Yes, of course it’s selling well. Precisely because it isn’t an EV. The 25 miles it can go as an EV is a perk but the sell is that it goes hundred of miles and doesn’t make you wait – or leave you stranded. This latter being a particular concern for people who might want to  . . . go off road.

Where there is no place to plug in.

(Cue Sam Kinison’s brilliant suggestion to the starving Ethiopians that they might try going where the food is.)

This will matter when you have maybe 60 percent of the real-world range of a non-electric Jeep. Maybe enough to get there. But what about back from there?

The Jalopnik Enabler quotes Jeep’s Honcho some more:

In quarter one, 38 percent of all Wranglers we sold were [electrified] 4xe models and by the end of this year, I bet it’s going to be more like 50 or 60 per cent. That’s not because people are forced; when they test drive it, they understand they can drive 20 to 25 miles on electric power and go to the gas station less.” 

Yes. And the “fast” charger, never – if they prefer not to.

More to the point, because they don’t have to.

This is a massively important consideration for an off-road vehicle.

It is also as important a distinction as that which exists between a vaccine that immunizes you against a sickness and prevents you from spreading it to others – and a drug that “reduces symptoms.” People have to be lied to (and forced to) in order to get them to take those drugs.

Just as they are being lied to and forced to as regards EVs.

The Jalopnik Enabler goes on quoting Meunier about the advantages – off-road – of electric motors, which are torquier sooner than engines (which have to rev to make torque) and the fact that with the EV layout, it is possible to fine-tune power delivery to pairs of wheels and even individual wheels more  . . . finely.

All of which is true. And none of which matters if the goddamn wheels don’t turn because the power’s run down and there’s no way to power them back up.

I have driven 4Xe Jeeps. I like them and recommend them because you can drive them anywhere – including places where there is no gas and places that are very far from where there are places to plug in. Other people like (and buy) them, too – because they are an improvement over the gas-engine-only versions of the same thing, which don’t go as far – and can’t go anywhere without using at least some gas.

But an electric-only Jeep will not be an improvement – except perhaps temporarily. Like the much-touted EV quickness which if you use it, you lose it.

Yes, the electric motors will perhaps allow for nimbler off-roading. But the problem is getting to the off-roading.

And back from there.

When people find out they might not – and how long it might take – it is probable they’ll be a lot less interested in buying a battery-powered device than a Wrangler.

The tragedy is that they might not be facing that take-it-or-leave it “choice” come 2027 were it not for the journalistic enablers of this EV shuck-and-jive.

They are the same tools who sold the public on “safe and effective,” too.

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