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 recent Los Angeles Auto Show, where the company introduced the 2018 Wrangler. The new model has shed about 200 pounds thanks to the use of aluminum, and will soon be offered with several powertrain options. Jeep will offer a mild hybrid system called eTorque next year, featuring regenerative braking, stop-start and electric power assist.
Manley hinted at Jeep’s electrification plans last January, telling Autoblog that hybridization could improve torque distribution, a critical element for four-wheel drive vehicles.