Live free or die it says on the side of Doug Howells 1976 Jeep CJ7, we assume he means emission free as this CJ7 is the first we know of that has been converted to E-power
The Jeep CJ is an iconic vehicle, even in markets where it was never officially sold models are instantly recognisable. The CJ7 is a direct descendent to the original Willys Jeep.
In 1944 Willys built the first prototype of a commercial version of the military Jeep – the CJ, short for “civilian Jeep”. All CJ Jeeps have separate body and frame, a fold-flat windshield and could be driven without doors.
The CJ was officially discontinued in 1986 after more than 1.5 million were built, having continued the same basic body style for 45 years, but of course, the original CJ was never produced with anything other than ICE power.
The conversion of this CJ7 took Doug around 3 months and was completed earlier this year, just as the Covid lockdown took hold.
The conversion was completed by Doug using a HPEVS 3 phase AC50,otor mated to the T90 3 speed manual gearbox. Power comes from 32 CALB 180 3.2v lithium Ion cells.
It’s early days for the conversion and Doug is still shaking the jeep down, however he is already seeing a range of about 50 miles and a top speed of 65mph from the Jeep which runs of 33″ off road tyres!
Doug is confident that range will improve as he continues to balance the battery packs and refine the finer details of the conversion.