Jeep Wrangler's plug-in hybrid system to be made in Ohio
The Wrangler PHEV will arrive on the market in 2020.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced plans to build the new Jeep Wrangler's plug-in hybrid module in Ohio.
The power electronics module contains the power inverter and integrated dual-charge system. The module will be installed under the vehicle between the exhaust and prop shaft.
The 54-year-old Toledo Machining Plant will be tasked with assembling the sub-systems, uploading applicable firmware and conducting final testing on the coolant and electrical systems. The finished modules will be delivered to the nearby Toledo Assembly Complex where the Wrangler is assembled.
FCA says the factory will play a key role in "helping the company meet future regulatory requirements." The statement is presumably referring to fuel-efficiency targets, though the US assembly could also help avoid any trouble if the Trump administration moves forward with proposed NAFTA changes that would require vehicles to have a higher US parts content.
The Wrangler PHEV is expected to launch in 2020, representing one of 30 models on FCA's electrification roadmap through 2022.