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Benefits of Exploring Electrified Vehicles

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We are entering an exciting new era in automotive history where electric vehicles (EVs) are taking center stage. Did you know the first crude electric car was created back in 1832? Almost 200 years later, EVs are smarter, faster, and more advanced than ever.


Governments worldwide are encouraging drivers to make the switch, with some countries planning to phase out gas-powered vehicles entirely within the next 10-15 years. Automakers like Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram are placing greater emphasis on their green models.


As the premier Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in the Tulsa area, Patriot CDJR Of Tulsa is your go-to destination for the latest and greatest electrified vehicles. Check out our online Research Hub to learn more about ownership and the buying process.


This article will explore electrification. We'll provide an overview of the different types of electric powertrains and highlight the key benefits that may convince you to join the EV revolution.

What's the Difference? EVs, HEVs, and PHEVs Explained

When it comes to electrified vehicles, you may see the terms EV, HEV, and PHEV used a lot. But what do they mean, and how are they different? Let's break it down:

Electric Vehicles (EVs)

EVs run entirely on electricity stored in large onboard battery packs. They take about 8 hours to fully recharge from a home charging station. Public DC fast charging stations can top up the battery to 80% in under an hour.


EVs produce zero direct emissions, meaning they don't expel any pollutants from a tailpipe. That makes them better for the environment compared to gas-powered vehicles. The only emissions created are from the electricity generation process that charges the battery. An EV powered by renewable energy has virtually no carbon footprint.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs)

HEVs contain both an electric motor and a gas-powered internal combustion engine. The battery pack is much smaller than an EV and recharges through regenerative braking. It captures energy usually lost during braking and uses it to top up the battery.


The electric motor provides extra power to supplement the gas engine. This improves fuel economy and allows the gas engine to remain smaller and more efficient. HEVs cannot plug in to recharge.

Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)

PHEVs are like HEVs but have a larger battery that you can plug in to recharge. You can drive short distances on pure electricity before the gas engine kicks in. When the battery depletes, it operates like a standard HEV.


PHEVs provide the best of both worlds - electric and gas power. You can charge from home and benefit from an all-electric range during daily commuting. Then, lean on the gas engine for longer trips.

How Does Charging an EV Work?

If you've never owned an electric vehicle before, charging is simple and convenient. There are three common types of EV chargers.

 

  • Most EVs come with a Level 1 charger that plugs right into a standard 120V outlet. This is the slowest charging option, but it's perfect for topping up overnight.
  • If you want to charge faster, you can install a Level 2 charger at home. These use a 240V outlet (like what your dryer plugs into) and can fully charge your car in around 4-8 hours.
  • You can also use a public DC Fast-Charging station. These high-powered stations can charge your car to 80% in 30-60 minutes. It's like a pit stop for your EV!

Top EVs and Hybrids Available at Patriot CDJR

Patriot CDJR Of Tulsa offers some of the most popular and innovative Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram models. As a long-standing CDJR dealership, we stay on the cutting edge by constantly updating our inventory with the newest green models. Our staff can explain all the features, technology, and ownership benefits to help you find the right electrified vehicle for you.


The following models are just the tip of the iceberg, and many more are sure to come soon.

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Jeep Wrangler 4xe

The Jeep Wrangler 4xe pairs electrification with legendary off-road capability, allowing you to tackle rugged trails across 370 miles of total range without a drop of gas. Its 2.0L turbo PHEV powertrain puts out 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of instant torque - the highest torque output of any Wrangler yet. The 17 kWh battery enables 25 miles of silent, emissions-free electric driving. Take on extreme inclines and declines by utilizing the Wrangler's Command-Trac 4x4 system, next-gen Dana axles, and Sky One-touch powertop. Then recharge back at your home 240-volt wall charger. With the Wrangler 4xe, thrilling adventures await.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

As the flagship Jeep SUV, the all-new Grand Cherokee 4xe pairs luxury with unmatched capability. Its 2.0L turbo plug-in hybrid powertrain delivers 25 miles of zero-emission electric driving and 57 MPGe efficiency from the 400V, 17 kWh battery. Owners will enjoy the refined, high-tech interior packed with premium materials and tech. When it's time for adventures, engage one of the 4x4 systems, like the Quadra-Lift air suspension with an electronic limited-slip rear differential for ultimate traction.

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Ram 1500 with ETorque

Regarding capability, the Ram 1500 pickup now features an eTorque mild hybrid system for enhanced performance. eTorque combines a belt-driven motor generator unit with a 48-volt battery pack to enable start/stop function, regenerative braking, torque assist, and other optimizations. This innovative technology allows the Ram 1500 to tow an incredible 12,750 lbs and haul a hefty 2,300 lb payload - more than enough for work or play. If you want a powerful, efficient workhorse of a truck, the Ram 1500 eTorque delivers.

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Dodge Hornet

If you want electrifying performance in a compact SUV, the new 2024 Dodge Hornet plug-in hybrid is the ride for you. Its spirited powertrain puts out 288 horsepower, 383 lb-ft of torque, and zips from 0-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds - one of the quickest in its class. The Hornet R/T model adds factory upgrades for even more thrills behind the wheel, like paddle shifters and Track mode. Yet it still achieves over 30 miles of electric driving range. With muscular Dodge styling cues inside and out, the Hornet plug-in hybrid proves electrified vehicles can still be bold, powerful, and seriously fun to drive.

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Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid

The Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid is a spacious, family-friendly minivan (the first of its kind.) That means it provides seamless integration of electric and gas power. It offers an EPA-estimated 82 MPGe combined and 32 miles of all-electric range from its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery. The Pacifica PHEV provides smooth, responsive acceleration and advanced driver-assist features to keep your family safe. With seating for up to 7 passengers and plenty of cargo room, this electrified minivan handles your daily driving like a champ.

The Benefits of Going Electric

Now, we know what you might be thinking. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." 


We get it - why change if your gas vehicle is still running smoothly? Convincing people to try something new can be tricky, especially when it relates to something as important as your car. Here are six compelling reasons to consider an electrified model for your next car or truck. It's a step we all need to take together for the sake of our planet and our wallets.

Reduce Emissions and Noise

First and foremost, going electric is a win for the environment. Transportation produces around 28% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. EVs produce zero tailpipe emissions, benefiting local air quality and the wider climate crisis. HEVs and PHEVs also significantly cut emissions compared to gas vehicles.


These vehicles also run exceptionally quietly, reducing noise pollution. This creates a more peaceful environment for both humans and local wildlife habitats.

Save Money on Gas

There's another type of "green" you might care about: money! Electricity is a cheaper fuel than gasoline, even when charging costs are factored in. EVs can provide the equivalent of paying $1 per gallon for gas, saving you hundreds of dollars annually. HEVs and PHEVs also offer excellent fuel economy to cut your gas bill.

Lower Maintenance Costs

With fewer mechanical parts and no engine oil or transmission fluid changes needed, EVs have much lower maintenance costs. Fewer systems mean fewer things to potentially break or replace, so you'll spend less time and money on upkeep.

Instant Torque & Power

The instant torque of an electric motor provides lightning-fast acceleration. Step on the pedal and an EV will surge ahead from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds in some models. There is no revving the engine and waiting for power—just smooth, linear acceleration at your command.

Tax Credits & Incentives

Federal tax credits provide very interesting savings when purchasing an electrified vehicle. For example, the federal government offers a tax credit of up to $7,500 for qualifying new EV vehicles. Other state and local incentives may also apply. We can explain exactly how much you can save when you contact our finance department.

Why Choose Patriot CDJR of Tulsa For Your Next EV, Hybrid, or PHEV

When you're ready to explore an eco-friendly, electrified model, we invite you to visit Patriot CDJR of Tulsa to experience our electrified vehicle offerings firsthand. We even have unique models in our Patriot Customs showroom. Our staff would be happy to help you find the perfect EV or hybrid to fit your lifestyle and budget. 


Once you drive off the lot, we've got your back with our service center. While EVs and hybrid vehicles require less maintenance than gas cars, we're still here to help with things like tire rotations and brake inspections. We'll even care for your battery to keep your vehicle running strong.


Plus, remember that all vehicles we sell automatically receive the Patriot Pledge. That means you get one year of complimentary maintenance and a lifetime warranty on your powertrain. With us, you're covered for life.


Our finance experts can explain available purchase incentives and tax credits to maximize your savings. We make financing easy with online pre-approval and trade valuations.


Contact us today to learn more about electrified vehicles and to test drive the latest models. Let's talk about how you can benefit from green vehicle ownership today!

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