Thoughts about an EV off-roader?

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What about the Northeast? We have some great wet trails like in Shamokin, PA? I'd love to see a Scout on the Coal Mountain course.
Being from Lancaster I know your area a bit. Nothing wrong there but typically everyone wants to conquer the Rubicon Trail as bragging rights (IGuess-or at least to prove Jeep isn’t the only one capable) so might as well start there and prove it to all the ICE naysayers
 
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I got my back side chew on very severely due to posting a news article related to Teslas failing from driving in flooded streets from tropical storms here in Florida.

You have supported my discussion of people using common sense. Why would you even consider driving in water with an EV?

Sorry if I come off as being unreasonable, but why?
I think you’re being very reasonable. It all depends on the vehicle and what it’s built to withstand. An ice car with exhaust 6 inches off the ground shouldn’t drive through water a foot deep, but a vehicle with a snorkel might be able to handle several feet of water. Rivians are built to handle water at least 3 and a half feet deep, so if it’s not flowing too fast it should be ok to drive through with damaging it. Despite what a certain ceo may say, I don’t think most teslas are designed for flood waters, so it doesn’t surprise me that a Tesla might get seriously damaged driving through deep water. Someone might get lucky, or they might not; either way someone will post the video as proof of something.

Common sense would tell me not to take chances unless it’s definitely safe, but if common sense were widespread then “Florida man” wouldn’t be a meme 😋
 
Being from Lancaster I know your area a bit. Nothing wrong there but typically everyone wants to conquer the Rubicon Trail as bragging rights (IGuess-or at least to prove Jeep isn’t the only one capable) so might as well start there and prove it to all the ICE naysayers
Lancaster, not a bad area for finding old farm trails. Its also not that far from Rausch. I agree with you about the Rubicon course however I think the average off-road enthusiast hasn't done their course. I would love to see Scout on some of the woodland trails. I have memories of my grandfather pulling out a willies or two with his old Scout I think Jeep just has more attention and more events. I'd love to see this new EV at a mixed vehicle event. I found this forum because i'm in the process of shopping for a project vehicle and I want it to be a scout. Though I love the idea of maybe scrapping the idea of redoing a vintage vehicle and seeing what an EV can do.
 
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Lancaster, not a bad area for finding old farm trails. Its also not that far from Rausch. I agree with you about the Rubicon course however I think the average off-road enthusiast hasn't done their course. I would love to see Scout on some of the woodland trails. I have memories of my grandfather pulling out a willies or two with his old Scout I think Jeep just has more attention and more events. I'd love to see this new EV at a mixed vehicle event. I found this forum because i'm in the process of shopping for a project vehicle and I want it to be a scout. Though I love the idea of maybe scrapping the idea of redoing a vintage vehicle and seeing what an EV can do.
Agree with your point thoughts. Some typical PA/DE trails are likely most I’ll ever tackle but the Rubicon would at least shut down the EV nay-sayers. I get off road and Scout enthusiasts never thought about an EV solution but proving it works to the extreme crowd might bring some of a certain demographic over to EV’s.
I’ve said before, I’m fortunate that this will be a fun car as my daily currently flips between a hybrid Accord and a Bronco Outerbanks. Each has is joys and benefits.
 
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Agree with your point thoughts. Some typical PA/DE trails are likely most I’ll ever tackle but the Rubicon would at least shut down the EV nay-sayers. I get off road and Scout enthusiasts never thought about an EV solution but proving it works to the extreme crowd might bring some of a certain demographic over to EV’s.
I’ve said before, I’m fortunate that this will be a fun car as my daily currently flips between a hybrid Accord and a Bronco Outerbanks. Each has is joys and benefits.
HI J, I completely agree on the national level I think there is a lot that can be accomplished by showing what can be done at events and trails like Rubicon. Proving that an EV can not only compete, but instead beat out other brands and types of vehicles in certain areas is important to convince the average owner. I do however think that the reason jeep has the niche it has in off road is because they are everywhere, they are at these small events that the average enthusiast can get to and experience.
 
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HI J, I completely agree on the national level I think there is a lot that can be accomplished by showing what can be done at events and trails like Rubicon. Proving that an EV can not only compete, but instead beat out other brands and types of vehicles in certain areas is important to convince the average owner. I do however think that the reason jeep has the niche it has in off road is because they are everywhere, they are at these small events that the average enthusiast can get to and experience.
Agreed. That said they’ve more or less owned that niche for over 40 years. Bronco bit into that demographic but the Jeep bloodline is deep so the cult like following is fully understandable. The new Hummer and Rivian hit a price point that most Jeep owners didn’t have interest or money to jump in and try to give the EV off-road segment a jump start. If Sm can retail it for mid $50K mark with some form of tax incentive AND can prove it trail worthy AND justify a range of 325-350 I think it may be the catalyst to start moving more people into the EV camp. Daily drivers/commuters will certainly be a tougher sell but if it ends up being an open top adventure/lifestyle vehicle that is a third/fun vehicle I think it will take off very quickly. I think the nostalgia play and exterior/interior color palettes will play a HUGE roll as well.