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Jeep is taking a page out of Rivian's playbook by creating the Jeep 4xe charging network at trails in the US.

The first charging stations will open at Moab, Rubicon Trail and Big Bear in the spring.


Unveiled today as part of the start of this year’s Easter Jeep Safari, the Jeep® brand is taking electrified propulsion beyond the paved road with the innovative 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid, partnering with Electrify America to create the Jeep 4xe Charging Network by installing Jeep-branded EV charging stations 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.

Jeep 4xe charging stations are scheduled to open this spring at three of the most-popular off-road sites and icons for the Jeep brand – Moab, Utah; the Rubicon Trail in Pollock Pines, California; and Big Bear, California.

Additional Jeep 4xe Charging Stations are scheduled to be operating around the country by the end of 2021. The charging stations will be set up near the 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 4xe.

Jeep 4xe Charging Stations will be either directly connected to the power grid or use solar power to generate electricity.

“Electrification opens a new chapter in the Jeep brand story, and it brings an entirely new level of excitement and enjoyment for our enthusiastic owners,” said Christian Meunier, Jeep Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. “Key to making Jeep brand the greenest SUV brand is assuring our owners can enjoy the benefits of electric propulsion wherever they go, including the most iconic off-road trails in the country.”

Creating the network of EV charging stations at off-road trails coincides with the launch of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid, the most capable, technically advanced and eco-friendly Wrangler ever built. With the Wrangler 4xe, Jeep enthusiasts can explore nature’s beauty with zero-emission propulsion that provides instant, trail-conquering torque.

Beyond the Rubicon Trail, Big Bear and Moab sites, other locations for Jeep 4xe Charging Network EV chargers will be announced in the future.

Jeep is working with leading public charging network 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.

“It is our goal to provide electric vehicle drivers with the freedom to get to where they want to go – whether it be on a highway or off-road – and we look forward to bringing Jeep enthusiasts along on the journey,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and chief executive officer of Electrify America. “Through the customizable electric vehicle charging offerings of our Electrify Commercial B2B brand, we were able to work with Jeep to identify where their drivers will need charging access most, and make it a reality.”

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 4xe can be fully recharged in about two hours, delivering up to 21 miles of electric range. Recharge times will be shorter for Wrangler 4xe owners looking to just top off the battery pack before heading out on the trail.

Delivering up to 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe lets the driver tailor the performance of the hybrid powertrain to best match planned activities, via the E Selec modes.

The E Selec mode options include eSave, which saves the Wrangler 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 eSave via the Hybrid Electric Pages in the vehicle’s Uconnect monitor.

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe launched in Sahara 4xe ($47,995 MSRP) and Rubicon 4xe ($51,695 MSRP) trim levels. Prices exclude the available $7,500 federal tax credit, any additional eligible state and local credits, and $1,495 destination charges.
 

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I keep saying - the progress for charging networks is only accelerating, not decelerating. Every notice I see about this or that company expanding/building out a charging network just makes me feel that much more secure in my decision to go with the 300 mile R1T. Within 3 years I doubt there will be anywhere I want to go that I can't relatively easily go in an EV. In 6 years I doubt I'll even have to give it a second thought.
 

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I keep saying - the progress for charging networks is only accelerating, not decelerating. Every notice I see about this or that company expanding/building out a charging network just makes me feel that much more secure in my decision to go with the 300 mile R1T. Within 3 years I doubt there will be anywhere I want to go that I can't relatively easily go in an EV. In 6 years I doubt I'll even have to give it a second thought.
Yeah It's nice to see the gap between EV technology and EV infrastructure finally start to close.
 
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