The plug-in hybrid version of the Jeep Wrangler offers useful all-electric range and great electric torque—if drivers plug it in. Do they? The accelerating pace of electric vehicle launches has brought us to this: The first Jeep in the US to get a plug-in hybrid version is the legendary Wrangler. In Europe, it was smaller… Read more »
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Rivian isn’t the only company that has visions of electric off-roading (or off-road EVing?). Following the launch of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid, Jeep has announced a partnership with Electrify America to create the Jeep 4xe Charging Network. The new network will consist of Jeep-branded EV charging stations at or near the trailheads… Read more »
Fiat Chrysler will use ZF Friedrichshafen’s 8-speed plug-in hybrid transmission in the new Jeep Wrangler 4xe. The latest version of ZF’s 8-speed features a compact electric motor with a peak output of up to 100 kilowatts and 245 Newton-meters of torque. ZF produces a full range of driveline technologies. The company recently affirmed its commitment… Read more »
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced that its Toledo Machining plant will produce the Power Electronics module for the 2020 Jeep Wrangler PHEV, one of 30 vehicle nameplates to receive electrified solutions by 2022. The Power Electronics module includes both the Power Inverter Module and the Integrated Dual Charger Module (which contains the On-Board Charger and the… Read more »
Even rugged off-road machines are plugging in. “A full plug-in electric Jeep Wrangler will be available in 2020, furthering our commitment to all those who value the responsible, sustainable enjoyment of the great outdoors and very importantly, future-proofing this Wrangler for generations to come,” said Jeep CEO Mike Manley. Manley made his comments at the… Read more »
AMP specializes in converting legacy vehicles to electric power, including the Mercedes ML350 and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.
The Volkswagen Group plans to launch an electric pickup and “rugged SUV” in the US market. What’s more, the company will establish a separate, independent company to produce the new EVs. “The vehicles will be designed, engineered, and manufactured in the US for American customers,” says VW. Volkswagen will resurrect the Scout nameplate, which was… Read more »
The rebooted electric Hummer is an absurd vehicle, in some ways, but it’s an extremely well-executed absurdity. How do you review a 5-ton electric truck that accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in about 3 seconds? No other vehicle on the market is even close to direct competition. And comparing it to mass-market EVs like… Read more »
The current headlines assure us that automakers are “racing” to go electric (woohoo!), and it surely sounds like the race is on at Chrysler. The brand, which currently sells no pure EVs, has announced that it will make the transition to all-electric by 2028—one of the most ambitious timelines yet announced by any automaker. In… Read more »
Stellantis, which manufactures cars under no less than 14 separate brands, will be showing off several new plug-in models at CES 2022 in Las Vegas, on January 5-8. “Electrification, with our 30 electrified models available including fuel cell vans, connectivity and autonomy are all important facets of [the] future, but each cannot stand alone,” said… Read more »