Inside the Jeep booth at the 2022 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada is an all-electric Jeep CJ 4×4 that Jeep’s calling “Surge.”

While the press release describes Surge as simply a “CJ,” the curved door bottoms tell us that the tub is either poached from a CJ-6 or a stretched CJ-5. Either way, the frame has been modified with custom mounts to accept the electric drivetrain.

Not sure the difference between Jeep models? Check this out: Spotter’s Guide: A Quick Rundown of the Jeep CJ Generations.


Speaking of drivetrain, the CJ is propelled by a 400 volt, 200 kW (about 265 hp) electric motor driving all four wheels through a two-speed Jeep transfer case. Riding on a two inch lift kit, Surge also features Dana 44 axles spinning 18 inch Black Rhino Wheels wrapped in 35 inch BFG Mud Terrain T/A Tires.


The 24 lithium-ion battery modules are inside a case mounted behind the seats.

The roll cage is custom built, and the windshield had been chopped two inches for a unique profile. Up front, Surge wears an off-road bumper from a JK Wrangler that’s been modified to fit, and carries a Warn Winch.


Jeep says Surge was designed to “explore an efficient battery-electric propulsion system for classic Jeep models…leading to a future propulsion-system offering for enthusiasts to build or convert classic and current cars and trucks into zero-emission vehicles.”

So it sounds like Jeep is pursuing the idea of a drop-in Electric Vehicle retrofit kit for the CJ line, and presumably that research can be applied to other classic cars and trucks in the Mopar family tree.

See all of our 2022 SEMA coverage here.

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