Marcus De Guzman / Jeep | August 21, 2018 09:27
Jeep confirms plan to release Wrangler plug-in hybrid by 2020
It looks like Jeep has finally embraced the concept of building a hybrid. Come 2020, Jeep will officially launch the Wrangler PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle). With it, the all-new Wrangler will soon be able to off-road while also lessening its carbon emissions.
This will be made possible thanks to the Power Electronics module which will be built by Toledo Machining Plant. Located just a few kilometers from Jeep's Toledo plant in Ohio, Toledo Machining Plant will exclusively produce and assemble the module for the Jeep Wrangler PHEV.
The module itself will house two key electrified components, the Power Inverter Module and the Integrated Dual Charger (On-board charger and DC/DC Converter). When fully assembled, the Power Inverter Module will be placed in-between the exhaust and prop shaft of the Jeep Wrangler. It will also be encased in a protective shell to keep it safe from debris and from the elements.
Aside from building the said module, Toledo Machining Plant will also upload the necessary software for the Power Inverter Module, as well as conduct final testing on the coolant and electrical systems. After that, the finished modules will then be delivered to Jeep's Toledo Assembly Complex where the Wrangler PHEV will be built.
There is no word yet as to what engine will power the Wrangler PHEV. Currently, the all-new JL Wrangler is available with three engine choices; a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four and a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel for the European market.
The Jeep Wrangler PHEV will be one of 30 nameplates that is part of the company's electrified solutions by 2022.