Earlier today, the Jeep® brand unveiled its new Jeep-branded 4xe Charging Network for its new electrified lineup. In partnership with Electrify America, the new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be installed at or near the trailheads of Jeep Badge of Honor off-road trails over the next year, allowing owners to take full advantage of their electrified Jeep SUV.
Electrify America LLC, the largest open DC fast-charging network in the United States and is investing $2 billion over 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education, and access. The investment will enable millions of Americans to discover the benefits of electric driving and support the build-out of a nationwide network of workplace, community, and highway chargers that are convenient and reliable. Electrify America expects to install or have under development approximately 800 total charging stations with about 3,500 DC fast chargers by December 2021.
Three Jeep 4xe Charging Stations are scheduled to open this spring at some of the country’s most popular off-road sites and iconic trails – Moab, Utah, the Rubicon Trail in Pollock Pines, California, and Big Bear, California. Additional Jeep 4xe Charging Stations, are scheduled to be operational around the country by the end of the year. Those stations will be located near Jeep Badge of Honor trails, an industry exclusive off-road rewards program to support enthusiasts looking to earn a Badge of Honor for their new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe.
According to Jeep, Jeep 4xe Charging Stations will either be directly connected to the power grid or will use solar power to generate electricity. These additional charging stations will be announced at a later date.
Jeep is working with Electrify America to establish the trailhead charging sites and install the charging equipment. Jeep 4xe owners will be able to login to unlock free charging via a custom mobile app by Electrify America, which also allows drivers to initiate and monitor their charging session.
The Jeep 4xe Charging Network trailhead chargers will deliver Level 2 (240-volt) charging. With Level 2 charging, the 17-kilowatt-hour battery pack in the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe can be fully recharged in about two hours, delivering 49 MPGe and 21 miles of electric range. Recharge times will be shorter for Wrangler Unlimited 4xe owners looking to just top off the battery pack before heading out on the trail and depending on if spaces are available.
Those who purchase a new 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe model, can custom tailor the performance of the hybrid powertrain to best match planned activities, via the E-Selec modes. The E-Selec mode options include E-Save, which saves the Wrangler Unlimited 4xe’s battery charge for later use by prioritizing propulsion from the 2.0-liter engine. Additionally, the driver can choose between battery saving and battery charging during E-Save via the Hybrid Electric Pages in the vehicle’s Uconnect monitor.
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