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Electric Jeep Grand Cherokee Headed to the Detroit Auto Show

An all-electric version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is set to debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2012. The electric Grand Cherokee is the work of Amp Electric Vehicles, a company that has previously fitted electric drivetrains in SUVs like the Chevrolet Equinox and Mercedes-Benz ML.

The New York Times reports that Amp also plans to announce pricing and introduce its first dealer at the Detroit Auto Show. “Steve Burns, president of Amp, said in a telephone interview that the converted Jeep would be price-competitive with the Tesla Model S, an electric sedan that in base form is priced from $57,400 before a $7,500 federal tax credit,” says The New York Times. “The Amp Jeep, with a 37-kilowatt-hour battery pack, will have range of approximately 100 miles.”

While full specs haven’t been released, Edmunds predicts that the electric Grand Cherokee might offer similar performance to Amp’s electric Mercedes-Benz ML, which can “accelerate from zero to 60 in less than 10 seconds, and has a top speed of 100 mph.” Edmunds says that charging the electric ML’s battery takes six hours on 220 volts or 15.5 hours on 110 volts.

Although the Grand Cherokee’s converted drivetrain may raise questions about its reliability, Fox News reports that Amp covers the electric drivetrain with an eight-year/100,000-mile electric drivetrain warranty. Additionally, the rest of the Jeep is covered by its factory warranty.

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