Jeep will install electric vehicle charging stations on off-road trails in the US as part of a partnership with Electrify America, the company announced. The chargers in the Jeep 4xe charging network will be powered by solar energy or connected to an electrical network.
The first of the stations will open this spring in Moab, Utah; the Rubicon Trail in Pollock Pines, California; and Big Bear, California. The chargers will have Level 2 charging (240 volts), which Jeep notes will fully recharge the 17 kWh battery pack in its Wrangler 4xe in about two hours and provide 49 MPGe and 21 miles of electric range. The chargers will be available free of charge to Jeep 4xe owners via a mobile app and will be compatible with their future electric vehicles.
Over the next year, additional chargers will be added to Jeep Badge of Honor off-road trails in the US The announcement comes a few days after Jeep unveiled its concept for an all-electric Wrangler, called the Magneto. Its design is based on the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, with an electric motor that offers up to 273 pound-feet of torque and 285 horsepower, with an 800-volt system distributed among four battery packs, according to Jeep.
Rivian, the Amazon-backed electric vehicle startup, said last week that it plans to install 10,000 electric vehicle fast chargers in the US and Canada by 2023.