Mix of solar and grid for trail charging
More quiet and less guilt off-road
Jeep has announced that to go along with the PHEV Wrangler 4xe that the automaker will be adding Level 2 charging stations to off-road trailheads around the US, letting Jeepers traverse the great outdoors in silence. And without range anxiety.
The new L2 charging stations will be installed at Jeep Badge of Honor off-road trailheads around the country over the next 12 months. It’s in partnership with Electrify America, who will be installing the charging equipment, and it will see charging stations opening beginning this spring at Moab, Utah, the Rubicon Trail, and Big Bear, both in California.
Some of the stations will be connected directly to the electrical grid, but others will use solar power to generate electricity for charging. The 35 km-delivering 17 kWh battery pack in the Jeep Wrangler 4xe will charge in about two hours on the Level 2 stations, though that range estimate may vary significantly when the Jeep is actually being driven off-road.
“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.
More charging sites will be announced in the future, accessed by drivers for free charging through a custom mobile app. Get to the trail, plug in, remove the doors, go trail-running. Sounds like a plan. The chargers will help support a growing lineup of plug-in hybrids expected from Jeep soon.