The Jeep® Wrangler has been built in Toledo, Ohio, for nearly eight decades, spanning the simple yet durable World War II-era Willys to the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler.
The latest generation Wrangler, built in the Toledo North plant, offers cutting-edge technology and unmatched capability with a modern design that stays true to tradition.
As these new vehicles are built and shipped to dealerships for consumers, FCA US is looking to the future with a plug-in hybrid version of the iconic Jeep vehicle. As the company prepares for this vehicle, FCA US recently announced that it has awarded the production of the Power Electronics module for the Jeep Wrangler PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) to its Toledo Machining Plant in nearby Perrysburg, Ohio.
The Jeep Wrangler PHEV, which is expected to launch in 2020, will be one of more than 30 FCA vehicle nameplates with electrified solutions by 2022.
“The insourcing of this highly advanced work to Toledo Machining is a reflection of the commitment the workforce has made to improving their processes through the implementation of World Class Manufacturing,” said Brian Harlow, Head of Manufacturing, FCA North America. “As the most iconic of the Jeep nameplates, it is critical that we flawlessly execute the launch of the Wrangler PHEV. The Toledo Machining employees have made a strong business case as to why we should put our faith in them to deliver a great product.”
The Power Electronics module for the Wrangler houses two key electrified powertrain components – the Power Inverter Module and the Integrated Dual Charger Module, which consists of the On Board Charger and the DC/DC Converter. The Power Electronics module is packaged in a protective structure under the vehicle between the exhaust and the prop shaft.
Toledo Machining, which has nearly 850 employees, will assemble the sub-systems for the module, upload the applicable software for the Power Inverter Module, and also conduct final testing on the coolant and electrical systems. Finished modules will be delivered to the Toledo Assembly Complex – which currently employs nearly 6,700 workers – where the Wrangler PHEV will be assembled.
Learn more about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, and the history of the Jeep brand, by visiting Jeep.com.