This Autotrader Find is green in more ways than one. It’s a very unusual 2003 Jeep Wrangler. It began its life as a regular TJ Wrangler with four-wheel drive and either an inline-four or inline-six engine. Today, however, it’s packing an electric powertrain. Also, it has right-hand drive and a spotlight which means it’s likely seen duty as a postal vehicle. The paint color is very appropriately called Electric Lime.
Where Did the Engine Go?
In place of a regular gas engine is a rather complicated looking electric powertrain under the hood. The listing is a little light on details about this setup, but the only EV conversion kit I can find for a Jeep Wrangler TJ is from a company called Erevon. Erevon also electrifies the Toyota FJ-40, Land Rover Defender, and Mercedes-Benz G-Class making them your one-stop-shop if you want a very boxy electric SUV.
The cargo area of this TJ is filled with what looks like one giant battery made of several smaller batteries. It cuts into the practicality of this Jeep a bit since it appears to eat up almost the entire cargo hold. However, that’s the price you pay for the quirkiness of an electric Jeep Wrangler.
According to the seller, this Jeep had 67,630 miles on it when the EV conversion took place. 3,824 miles have been added since then for a total of 71,454 miles, which makes this a pretty low-mile TJ. Considering its age and the fact that most of these aging Wranglers see some pretty harsh off-road punishment, the body and interior appear to be in great shape.
The seller claims it has a range of about 80-100 miles on a full charge.
Great For a Very Specific Driver
This is a very unique Jeep Wrangler. Since it’s so different than it was when it first rolled out of the factory, we wouldn’t make any promises about its off-road capabilities. However, the fact that it still has four-wheel drive is promising.
This would be an impractical SUV for most, but if you like the idea of tinkering with an EV conversion like this and you don’t mind having the steering wheel and pedals on the wrong side, then this very green Jeep is right up your alley.
With the asking price of $8,500 and a clean Texas title, this Jeep EV is a quirky budget-friendly alternative to the upcoming Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid which starts at $47,995. Find a Jeep Wrangler for sale