SEMA 2022: Mopar Unveils Electro-Mod Jeep® CJ Surge Concept!

Mopar Explores The World Of Aftermarket Electrified Propulsion Systems...

Mopar has pulled back the covers on three of its new conceptual vehicles for the 2022 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. 

The first vehicle we are going to talk about is the ‘electro-mod’ Jeep® CJ Surge Concept.

Jeep® CJ Surge Concept. (Mopar).

Custom designed and engineered to explore an efficient battery-electric propulsion system for classic Jeep models, the Jeep CJ Surge electro-mod concept allows Mopar designers and engineers to gain a better understanding of potential battery-electric vehicle (BEV) parts kit applications, leading to a future propulsion system offering for enthusiasts to build or convert classic and current cars and trucks into zero-emission vehicles. 

A true Jeep 4×4, the CJ Surge concept is powered by a custom propulsion system. Under the hood, a scalable 400-volt, 200-kW Electric Drive Module mounts to the frame with custom-designed solid motor mounts. Power to all four wheels is supplied by 24 lithium-ion battery modules and torque runs through a two-speed Jeep transfer case with selectable gearing. Battery modules are enclosed in a custom shell mounted in the rear of the passenger cabin.   

Jeep® CJ Surge Concept. (Mopar).

Riding high on 35-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tires paired with a 2-inch lift kit, the stunning Copper Canyon body stands out with gloss black and Surf Blue Surge graphics and bodyside striping. The concept hood and bezel are painted gloss black, along with the iconic seven-slot Jeep grille. 

The CJ Surge concept rolls on matte black 18-inch x 9-inch Black Rhino Solid wheels that carry Surf Blue accents on the rim beads and ride below the oversized concept fender flares. Front and rear Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) Dana 44 Crate axles help the CJ Surge concept easily crawl over rocks and boulders. 

Jeep® CJ Surge Concept. (Mopar).

A JPP Wrangler JK Rubicon Bumper Kit carries a JPP Rubicon Warn winch up front and is flanked on both sides by Surf Blue tow hooks and amber LED fog lamps. Underbody protection is provided by JPP Rubicon skid and front-bumper plates and concept JPP rock rails. A custom BEV charge port is located just behind the driver-side door opening.  

Looking out from the 2-inch cropped windshield, the driver and passenger are perched in custom seats installed with concept seat risers. Both seats feature Surf Blue stitching on the black Sedoso cloth and houndstooth fabric inserts. 

Jeep® CJ Surge Concept. (Mopar).

A Wrangler JK center console features a rotary shifter knob, while Mopar instrument-panel gauges include a charge indicator to let the driver know how much battery life remains. 

The cockpit of the CJ Surge concept is surrounded by a custom-built roll cage, while a custom-shaped bikini top offers valuable shade and cover from the elements. No JPP concept would be complete without a set of Mopar all-weather floor mats. 

Jeep® CJ Surge Concept. (Mopar).

To cap off the interior touches, the custom steering wheel is adorned by a unique JPP horn pad badge. 

What do you think of the electro-modded Jeep CJ Surge? Let us know in the comments below or in the MoparInsiders.com forums.

Jeep® CJ Surge Concept Image Gallery:

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Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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If Stellantis would like to have a huge surge of credibility, they would have Mopar offer a replacement battery pack and performance upgrades for the original California compliance Fiat 500e. The Surge is very interesting and I like the idea.

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It took a CJ-6 to have enough room for enough battery to give it any range. And for that you lose all cargo space.

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The production DJ-5E was a short wheelbase model and had its batteries under the hood. The weight was double that of a CJ, but this was in the days of lead=acid batteries and the range was 50 miles.

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