Jeep will install EV charging stations at US off-road trailheads as part of a partnership with Electrify America, the company announcedThe chargers on the Jeep 4xe Charging Network run on solar energy or are connected to the electricity grid.
The first of the stations will open this spring in Moab, Utah; the Rubicon Trail in Pollock Pines, California; and Big Bear, California. The chargers will be charged at Level 2 (240 volts), which Jeep notes that the 17 kWh battery pack in its Wrangler 4xe will be fully charged in about two hours and will provide 49 MPGe and 21 miles of electric range. The chargers will be available for free to Jeep 4xe owners via a mobile app, and will be compatible with its future EVs.
Over the next year, additional chargers will be added on Jeep Badge of Honor off-road trails across the US. The announcement comes a few days after Jeep unveiled its concept for an all-electric Wrangler, the Magneto. The design is based on the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, with an electric motor delivering up to 273 pound-feet of torque and 285 horsepower, with an 800-volt system split between four batteries according to Jeep
Rivian, the Amazon-backed electric vehicle startup, said last week that it plans to install 10,000 fast EV chargers in the US and Canada by 2023.