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 of Jeep Badge of Honor off-road trails. The first stations are scheduled to open this spring at three of the most-popular off-road sites for Jeep drivers: Moab, Utah; the Rubicon Trail in Pollock Pines, California; and Big Bear, California. Several other sites will be announced in the future.
Jeep 4xe owners will be able to unlock free charging via a custom Electrify America mobile app. Each station will deliver Level 2 charging, which can charge the Jeep Wrangler 4xe’s 17 kWh battery pack in about two hours, delivering up to 21 miles of electric range. Jeep 4xe charging stations will be either directly connected to the power grid or use solar power to generate electricity.
“Electrification opens a new chapter in the Jeep brand story, and it brings an entirely new level of excitement and enjoyment for our enthusiastic owners,” said Jeep Brand CEO Christian Meunier. “Key to making Jeep brand the greenest SUV brand is assuring our owners can enjoy the benefits of electric propulsion wherever they go, including the most iconic off-road trails in the country.”
“It is our goal to provide electric vehicle drivers with the freedom to get to where they want to go—whether it be on a highway or off-road—and we look forward to bringing Jeep enthusiasts along on the journey,” said Electrify America CEO Giovanni Palazzo. “Through the customizable electric vehicle charging offerings of our Electrify Commercial B2B brand, we were able to work with Jeep to identify where their drivers will need charging access most, and make it a reality.”
Source: Electrify America