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AMP to bring Jeep Grand Cherokee EV to Detroit auto show

An all-electric Jeep Grand Cherokee will be introduced at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and be available to test drive at the show.

The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is built to go anywhere. The all-electric version will do just that, but without emissions. Jeep

An all-electric Jeep Grand Cherokee will be shown, and available for a test drive, at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, thanks to AMP Electric Vehicles.

Based in Loveland, Ohio, AMP specializes in the conversion of OEM (original equipment manufacturer) vehicles to electric power. The new Jeep Grand Cherokee EV joins AMP's Mercedes M-Class EV, which has a range of about 100 miles on a single charge.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee EV is powered by a lithium iron phosphate battery with a capacity of 37.6 kWh. The Jeep runs on two rear-mounted Remy AC motors and will have a range of 80 to 100 miles on a single charge.

According to AMP, there is no change to passenger room or cargo room, compared to the factory gas-run model. Plus, all of the original factory accessories will remain.

"Beginning with a world class vehicle, and adding AMP's electrification results in an EV that offers everything SUV customers expect: smooth powerful performance, zero emissions and up to a 100-mile range," AMP Chief Executive Jim Taylor said in a press release.

AMP will announce additional details of the AMP Jeep Grand Cherokee EV, including pricing and availability, at the Detroit auto show next month.