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Friday, October 22, 2021

The Jeep Wrangler Is First-Ever Electrified Vehicle To Win The Rebelle Rally


When the dust settled after the sixth Rebelle Rally, Jeep led the pack. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe is the first electrified vehicle to win the 1,500-mile (2,414-kilometer) trek across the Nevada and California deserts, finishing in both first and second place, taking the overall win, and the Bone Stock award. In addition, the Jeep Wrangler swept the podium, securing the top three positions, while also taking five of the top 10 spots.

The Rebelle Rally is the longest competitive off-road rally in the United States. Traversing over 2,500 kilometers through Nevada and California’s iconic terrain, it is an endurance competition for women consisting of precision driving and navigating—not fastest speed. The competition is innovative and unique, using maps, compass, roadbooks, and strategy—known as Rebelle format. GPS and other electronic devices are strictly prohibited. Remote and off-grid for eight competition days, the Rebelle Rally is considered a proving ground for people, products, and stock manufacturer vehicles.

Team 4xEventure (team 129) of Nena Barlow and Teralin Petereit and their Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe took the overall win and Bone Stock award in this year’s Rebelle Rally. The team’s Wrangler Rubicon 4xe was also the top-scoring electrified vehicle. Barlow and Petereit were consistently dominant, taking the most points in four of the seven stages, never scoring lower than third. This is Petereit’s third overall win while placing on the podium in her two other years of competition, making her the most successful Rebelle Rally competitor.

The “Bone Stock” designation requires vehicles to be as delivered from the manufacturer, with the only allowances for aftermarket tires and wheels in the factory sizes. New last year, the Electrified Designation applies to EVs, PHEVs, and hybrid vehicles.

As the Jeep brand works toward its ultimate goal of zero-emission freedom, events like the Rebelle Rally are key to prove and showcase both its industry-best 4x4 capability, as well as its class-exclusive, off-road 4xe powertrain. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe delivers 49 MPGe and 21 miles (33.7 kilometers) of all-electric range with no range anxiety.

The Jeep Wrangler 4xe’s propulsion system combines two electric motors, a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission for nearly silent propulsion and enhanced 4x4 off-road capability. This arrangement enables the Trail Rated Jeep Wrangler 4xe to retain running gear that includes solid front and rear axles, full-time two-speed transfer case, a fully articulating suspension, and 30 inches (762 mm) of water fording capability.

The E-Selec modes let the driver tailor the Jeep Wrangler 4xe propulsion to the trip: hybrid, electric and eSave, which conserves the battery pack charge for later use. The Wrangler 4xe’s 17-kWh battery pack recharges in as little as two hours on a 220-volt power outlet.

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