Jeep is offering new details about the about the upcoming Wrangler plug-in hybrid by announcing a plan to in-source production of its power electronics module. The automaker's Toledo Machining plant in Perrysburg, Ohio, will handle the manufacturing and will then ship them a few miles up the road to the Wrangler assembly line. The PHEV variant will join the lineup in 2020.
The power electronics module is located in a protected area underneath the Wrangler between the exhaust and the driveshaft. It consists of the power inverter module and the integrated dual charger module – a part that includes the onboard charger and the dc/dc converter. The Toledo Machining plant will be responsible for assembling the various sub-systems, upload the necessary software, and conduct final testing of the coolant and electrical systems.
"The insourcing of this highly advanced work to Toledo Machining is a reflection of the commitment the workforce has made to improving their processes through the implementation of World Class Manufacturing," Brian Harlow, Head of Manufacturing at FCA North America, said in the production announcement. "As the most iconic of the Jeep nameplates, it is critical that we flawlessly execute the launch of the Wrangler PHEV. The Toledo Machining employees have made a strong business case as to why we should put our faith in them to deliver a great product."
Jeep isn't yet providing any technical details about the plug-in hybrid powertrain. Earlier rumors raised the possibility of it using the setup from the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid that pairs the 3.6-liter V6 already available in the new Wrangler with a 16-kilowattt-hour lithium-ion battery. However, the automaker hasn't yet said whether this setup was adaptable to the Jeep.
There's also no word yet whether the PHEV powerplant would only be available on the Wrangler or if it might be an option for the Scrambler pickup that shares the same underpinnings.
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Ohio plant will build critical Power Electronics module for Jeep® Wrangler PHEV
Company will bring in new work, advanced technology to 54-year-old plant
Wrangler PHEV to launch in 2020; one of more than 30 nameplates with electrified solutions by 2022
August 16, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US announced today that it has awarded the production of the Power Electronics module for the Jeep® Wrangler PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) to its Toledo Machining Plant, positioning the 54-year-old Ohio facility to play a key role in helping the Company meet future regulatory requirements.
As part of the Capital Markets Day presentation on June 1, 2018, FCA committed to expanding its electrified propulsion systems in global architectures spanning the full range of vehicle segments. The Jeep Wrangler PHEV, which is expected to launch in 2020, will be one of more than 30 vehicle nameplates with electrified solutions by 2022.
“The insourcing of this highly advanced work to Toledo Machining is a reflection of the commitment the workforce has made to improving their processes through the implementation of World Class Manufacturing,” said Brian Harlow, Head of Manufacturing, FCA North America. “As the most iconic of the Jeep nameplates, it is critical that we flawlessly execute the launch of the Wrangler PHEV. The Toledo Machining employees have made a strong business case as to why we should put our faith in them to deliver a great product.”
The Power Electronics module for the Wrangler houses two key electrified powertrain components - the Power Inverter Module and the Integrated Dual Charger Module, which consists of the On Board Charger and the DC/DC Converter. The Power Electronics module is packaged in a protective structure under the vehicle between the exhaust and the prop shaft. Toledo Machining will assemble the sub-systems for the module, upload the applicable software for the Power Inverter Module, and also conduct final testing on the coolant and electrical systems. Finished modules will be delivered to the Toledo Assembly Complex where the Wrangler PHEV will be assembled.
Nearly 850 Toledo Machining employees currently produce steering columns and torque converters for a number of FCA production locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
About Toledo Machining
Construction of the Perrysburg, Ohio, facility began in 1964 with production following two years later in 1966. Since 2011, the Company has invested nearly $92 million to produce steering columns, and torque converters for the eight-speed rear-wheel-drive and nine-speed front-wheel-drive transmissions in the 1.2-million-square-foot plant.
Toledo Machining was awarded silver status for its results in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM) in June 2018. WCM is a methodology that focuses on eliminating waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. It engages the workforce to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants. Toledo Machining was awarded bronze status in September 2016.
About FCA US LLC
FCA US LLC is a North American automaker based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It designs, manufactures, and sells or distributes vehicles under the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo brands, as well as the SRT performance designation. The Company also distributes Mopar and Alfa Romeo parts and accessories. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler Corp., established in 1925 by industry visionary Walter P. Chrysler and Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (F.I.A.T.), founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli. FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA).
FCA is an international automotive group listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”