Completely agree, but I don’t see a way to do this and retain solid axles/ really any part of the current platform. Dual motor could be possible split between the front and rear, but hub motors are too much unsprung weight to be practical and anything else would likely require a ground up redesign with independent suspension. I actually really like the hybrid approach, but this ev-on-top-of-etorque architecture feels sloppy and I’m hoping they come out with something that’s better integrated for the gladiators.Yeah, I don't expect to see one any time soon. The 25 miles just feels like a token attempt at hybrid. I would consider one the runs more like the Volt but with something in the area of 100-150 miles of range on pure battery.
I think we're overlooking a lot of potential gains available in a fully electric off-road vehicle. Especially one with dual motors or even hub motors. Imagine being able to control each wheel individually and what that can do for rock crawling. While you do add a lot of battery weight, you remove fuel, engine mass, and drive train mass. You also move the center of gravity way down in the vehicle. Which can add a lot to stability.
The battery packs themselves can be made waterproof, as they generate enough heat that they need active cooling anyway. The motors can also be made waterproof.
IMHO, a fully electric off-road vehicle presents a lot of advantages over an internal combustion version.