Naperville Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram was a regular client at Automotive Internet Media. Although the dealership no longer maintains its company blog, I've included examples of my work for the client below. 

The Jeep Renegade is Changing the Game

Jeep has been in a little slump. The Compass and Patriot didn't do so great. But Jeep is gunning for a comeback with the new Jeep Renegade, which debuted last year at the Geneva Auto Show — a quirky crossover that is getting good reviews. 

This isn't the first time Jeep has tried weird new designs. Coming on the heels of the Compass and Patriot, some feel that the Renegade is a bit redundant. When the Compass debuted in 2007, its style simply didn't fly, straying from Jeep's classic, tough box shape with its minivan appearance. Jeep has always had an aura of American ruggedness, and the Compass felt like a mom car. Stylistically, the Compass was meant to broaden the brand’s appeal to a wider range of drivers, but Jeep eventually retreated and gave the Compass a different front inspired by the Grand Cherokee, which has been a steady success.

Jeep took some bold design steps with the Renegade, but this time they seemed to have done it right. When Jeep designed the first-generation Compass, it didn't have a good selection of small-vehicle platforms. Since that time, Chrysler merged with Fiat, giving the Renegade a solid Italian-sourced platform. In his review for Kelley Blue Book, Matt Regen writes, "Whereas the Wrangler rides on a rugged, body-on-frame platform and has live axles, the Renegade is far more car-like with its unibody construction and independent suspension. The Wrangler's architecture enables it to conquer unimaginable terrain, but that off-road capability comes at the cost of on-road refinement. And vice-versa for the Renegade, which shares its platform and Italian assembly plant with the forthcoming Fiat 500X." 

So far, the reviews are good. "What's the Renegade, you ask?" Degen writes. "It's an all-newJeep, a tidy 5-seater that represents the brand's entry into the subcompact SUV segment. And diminutive as it may be, the Renegade is Jeep's Next BigThing." 

If you're looking to go further off-road, the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is the model to pick. The Trailhawk has rough terrain chops that separate it from other compact crossover SUVs like theHonda HR-V, Chevy Trax, and the Mazda CX-3. The 2015 Renegade Trailhawk features Jeep's exclusive Active Drive Low four-wheel-drive system and has more ground clearance — 8.7 inches — to tackle a rough track.

The Renegade is turning the tables back for Jeep. To test drive this cute, compact off-roader, come visit the auto experts at Naperville CJDR. 

Pilson CJDR (Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram) was another regular client at the agency. I have included an example of my work for the client below. 

Toy Jeep Experiment Paves The Way To A Better Tire

What if it was possible to harness the wasted energy that shoots away from your tires in the form of friction? A team of engineers from the University of Wisconsin and scientists from Zhengzhou University in China have found a way to do just that — with a tiny toy Jeep. 

You've heard of static electricity — the “touch shock” when two different materials come into contact with each other. You've gotten a teensy jolt when touching a friend's sleeve before.

The research team decided to harness the static electricity between tires and the road by attaching custom-designed electrodes to the tires of a small toy Jeep. The toy was equipped with six common LED lights. As the Jeep moved, the electrodes came in and out of contact with the ground, making the LED lights flash. At last, the little toy proved that static electricity between tire and ground could not only be harnessed but also put to use in a vehicle's electrical systems.

So imagine a full-sized version: aJeep that can power its headlights and charge its electric battery simply by moving. It would be a leap forward for hybrid and electric vehicles and a major development for scientists looking to improve electric vehicle range.

It took a year for scientists to develop the unique electrodes, which the team called S-TENG (single-electrode triboelectric nanogenerator). They are based on a commonly used, nontoxic, rubber-like material called polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS).

But the toy Jeep experiment isn’t the only technology of its kind being developed. A new tire concept introduced by Goodyear aiming to improve electric vehicles follows a similar concept as S-TENG technology. Goodyear's “tire of the future" flexes and generates heat while in use. The heat from the tire gets converted to electricity that may be stored in the battery.

Scientists across the pond have a similar idea. Schrader, a company in the United Kingdom, has been working on a sensor-equippe dtire that would not only improve fuel efficiency but also extend tire life.

We at Pilson CJDR encourage automotive scientists to do everything they can to make a better tire of tomorrow ­— and to always keep your toy Jeeps. You never know when they will come in handy. 

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