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Jeep® Brand Creates Jeep 4xe Charging Network, Works With Electrify America to Provide EV Charging at Off-road Trailheads Throughout the United States

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  • The Jeep® brand is establishing the Jeep 4xe Charging Network, installing EV Level 2 charging stations at Jeep Badge of Honor off-road trailheads around the United States over the next 12 months
  • Trailhead chargers coincide with launch of 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid — the most technically advanced and eco-friendly Wrangler yet — and will support future electrified Jeep vehicles
  • Moab, Rubicon Trail and Big Bear — iconic Jeep vehicle trails — will get the first charging stations and be operational this spring
  • Jeep 4xe Charging Network is operated by Electrify America; Jeep 4xe owners will get free charging via a custom mobile app
  • With 49 MPGe and 21 miles of all-electric range, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe can conquer even the toughest trails with zero emissions
March 26, 2021 , MOAB, Utah - Unveiled today as part 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, Jeep-branded 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.

Jeep 4xe charging stations are scheduled to open this spring at three of the most popular off-road sites and iconic trails 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 operational around the country by the end of 2021. The charging 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 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 to our enthusiastic owners,” said Christian Meunier, Jeep brand CEO — 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 49 MPGe and 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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This is awesome! Can’t wait for my next Jeep to be all electric.
I don't, I don't want to wait longer then it takes to charge my vehicle then it takes to fuel up my Jeep. I also don't have a convenient way to charge at home, maybe when I buy home that could be an option for me. The other major issue is I tend to be in locations where power can be out for week or more after a neutral disaster or I am driving in locations where the fuel range in the main tank is simply not enough (have to bring spare fuel). I rather have my gas Jeeps and trucks. I am not knocking plug in vehicles, it's a nice option. I just rather it remain a option for those of us not in a situation suited for electric vehicles. Choices is nice, being mandated is not.
 

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I don't, I don't want to wait longer then it takes to charge my vehicle then it takes to fuel up my Jeep. I also don't have a convenient way to charge at home, maybe when I buy home that could be an option for me. The other major issue is I tend to be in locations where power can be out for week or more after a neutral disaster or I am driving in locations where the fuel range in the main tank is simply not enough (have to bring spare fuel). I rather have my gas Jeeps and trucks. I am not knocking plug in vehicles, it's a nice option. I just rather it remain a option for those of us not in a situation suited for electric vehicles. Choices is nice, being mandated is not.
I agree 100% on this note. I am not looking forward to seeing these big charging stations sitting out in the middle of nowhere waiting to be used and most likely vandalized by the creeps of the world.
 

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I don't, I don't want to wait longer then it takes to charge my vehicle then it takes to fuel up my Jeep. I also don't have a convenient way to charge at home, maybe when I buy home that could be an option for me. The other major issue is I tend to be in locations where power can be out for week or more after a neutral disaster or I am driving in locations where the fuel range in the main tank is simply not enough (have to bring spare fuel). I rather have my gas Jeeps and trucks. I am not knocking plug in vehicles, it's a nice option. I just rather it remain a option for those of us not in a situation suited for electric vehicles. Choices is nice, being mandated is not.
I definitely understand that. Just as gas took time to build up infrastructure, electric will and needs to. The key is for them to bring up the charge speeds to gas speeds or even faster. I believe at some point that will happen and there’ll even be options for generating power onboard, like solar, separate batteries, or regenerative braking
For my purposes, electric is great because even being in the agricultural area of South Florida, and traveling out into the Glades, I would still have enough charge to get home.
 

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Yeah, really is anyone going to sit at a trailhead for 90min to fully charge to get 20 miles of electric? The 4xe has no fast charging (and not saying it needed it). If you really want for a trail run in ICE more only until you get to the trail, and then you will have all your electric. I like the ability to do that.
 

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Are the charging ports specific to Jeep? If that is the case then each brand would have to have their own charging network which would be inefficient. Why not make it standard so you can charge up anywhere just like you can get gas at any station?
 

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Electrify America is Volkswagen. It's part of what they are doing after the whole "Dieselgate" thing. Maybe they can work together on a new TDI LOL!
 

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Yeah, really is anyone going to sit at a trailhead for 90min to fully charge to get 20 miles of electric? The 4xe has no fast charging (and not saying it needed it). If you really want for a trail run in ICE more only until you get to the trail, and then you will have all your electric. I like the ability to do that.
Whenever I am with the club, there is always a 60 minute hang out, chat, prep that happens, so being able to plug in for a small amount of time, to just even top off is of no concern to me. It is better than nothing. My concern will lie where there are 10 4xEs all aiming for a spot to plug in.
 

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I am certain that national parks have 'scenic easements' that would not allow anything like that to be built. I wonder how they are getting around that? 'Cause electrification?
They even have a big lit-up Jeep billboard for advertising.
A way to charge at the trail is neat, but this is a gaudy solution with no thought to what it will look like 'in the wild'.
 

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When you do a comparison between two things, it is important to point out the good/bad of each objectively. No doubt that any move towards electric is going to have severe growing pains and wasted time charging. However, gas-powered engines are not without their issues, we have just become so accustom to them.

For an interesting perspective, watch the first bit of this video from Engineering Explained. He switches it around and asks what we would find wrong with internal combustion engines if we had been driving electric for 100 years ... he freely admits that the fueling station infrastructure we have makes road trips better.

 

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Rivian is planning more or less the same thing. Apparently the US parks services are not opposed to it. Rivian will use 250KW chargers using the open CCS standard. I notice that the Jeep does not have the Two huge DC pins on the charging port.. so that will be slower there I guess.

Those Jeep chargers looks like straight up normal "wallboxes" you would have at your house.

I guess they will need some monster battery banks at those locations. There is zero chance that the power company could deliver that much current out in BFE.

I personally think these proprietary chargers should not be allowed.
If you are using an open standard, like CCS, (even Tesla does now) then, you should not be allowed to block an electric car from using the charger. If the person pays for the power... a Jeep, Rivian, Monster Truck tesla conversion.. should not matter.
 

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