Orders Open for Very Low-end Jeep Model

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
orders open for very low end jeep model

Pedalling sucks, but so too does shelling out tens of thousands for a new Jeep. The off-road brand’s solution is an exercise in badge-engineering that dispenses with two wheels, an internal combustion engine, and all manner of cocoon-like safety.

It’s the Jeep e-Bike, and it can be yours for a price topping that of entry-level Japanese motorcycles.

Made possible by a partnership with rugged e-bike maker QuietKat, the Jeep-branded bike is a takeoff of its existing line, sporting the same solid frame, tubular battery and chunky off-road tires. Yes, you can pedal, but you’re at least provided the option of switching on the juice. A 750-watt electric motor provides a range of around 40 miles (officially, 30 to 60), which could be commuting distance for some in-shape Millennial office types.

You saw it first in that delightfully nostalgic Super Bowl ad with Bill Murray and the groundhog and Ned.

Now that it’s available for ordering (due to reach customers in June), we can tell you it carries a price of $5,899 — pretty steep for a pedal-powered contraption you could just steal under the cover of darkness later today, but not too far off other high-end e-bikes. QuietKat’s non-Jeep lineup takes the price up past $5k, so it’s within range. You’re buying a badge, too.

For this sum, you’ll be treated to a beefy front and rear suspension and four-piston disc brakes. Airbags are whatever stuffing you can jam into your jacket. Frontal protection is provided by the helmet you’ll buy separately.

While it’s strongly advised that you not pick up a date in this vehicle, you could, assuming your combined weight doesn’t exceed 300 pounds. Try not to get frisky.

The Jeep e-Bike’s price range tops out just under $6,200, which seems astronomical considering a new Yamaha V Star 250 will set you back $4,349. Then again, you can’t hit the bike trails on one of those, and you’d need an appropriate license. Nor can you charge it at home, or park it in your living room.

If Jeep didn’t feel there was a market for this, it wouldn’t have tapped QuietKat for the honor. The e-Bike is what it is, and it’s on the market now.

[Image: Jeep]

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  • 2ACL I can't help feeling that baby is a gross misnomer for a vehicle which the owner's use necessitated a (manual!) transmission rebuild at 80,000 miles. An expensive lesson in diminishing returns I wouldn't recommend to anyone I know.
  • El scotto Rumbling through my pantry and looking for the box of sheets of aluminum foil. More alt right comments than actual comments on international trade policy. Also a great deal of ignorance about the global oil industry. I'm a geophysicist and I pay attention such things. Best of all we got to watch Tassos go FULL BOT on us.
  • El scotto No one and I mean no one on here is a UAW member or a salaried employee of the Big 3. Then again if someone identified themselves on here they would pilloried every time they posted.The comments on here are like listening to the overgrown children who call into sports radio shows.
  • Statikboy Those tires are the Wrong Size.
  • Mustangfast I had an 06 V6 and loved that car. 230k trouble free miles until I sold it. I remember they were criticized for being too small vs competitors but as a single guy it was the right size for me. I recall the 2.3 didn’t have a reputation for reliability, unlike the V6 and I4. I think it likely didn’t take off due to the manual-only spec, price tag, and power vs the V6 engine and the way it delivered that power. It was always fun to see the difference between these and normal ones, since these were made in Japan whereas all others were flat rock