Last fall Jeep announced the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, an electrified Wrangler that excited many Jeep fans who have longed for a better fuel economy. This Jeep plug-in hybrid is on its way, and we’re excited to see the brand is answering every off-roader’s biggest question: Where will we be able to charge the 4xe? The new Jeep 4xe charging network, a partnership with Electrify America, aims to provide EV charging at off-road trailheads across the United States.
Jeep will be installing the first EV Level 2 charging stations at Jeep Badge of Honor off-road trailheads around the United States over the next 12 months. The first of these will be installed at the iconic Moab trail in Utah; the Rubicon Trail in Pollock Pines, California; and Big Bear trail in California. Additional Jeep 4xe charging stations are scheduled to be operational around the country by the end of this year.
Thanks to a custom mobile app from Electrify America, 4xe owners will be able to unlock free charging and monitor their charging session at any Jeep 4xe charging network station. This is a big bonus for 4xe owners!
The new Jeep 4xe promises an average of 49 MPGe and 21 miles of all-electric range. The new network chargers will deliver Level 2 (240-volt) meaning the 17-kilowatt-hour battery pack in the 4xe can be fully recharged in about two hours. Of course, if the driver just wants to top off the battery, the charge time will be much shorter.
It’s pretty cool to see a brand known for its off-road vehicles partnering with a brand dedicated to providing charging capabilities across the country. We look forward to seeing what this partnership can accomplish and how the Jeep community embraces the concept of an electrified Wrangler!
It sounds great. I really question the practicality of it though. That picture looks like it only has 10 panels. Many of the home solar systems are more than twice the size of that and still rely on some grid power for EV charging. Also isn’t the reason you go to an off-road trailhead to do some off-roading not sit at the trailhead and wait for the jeep to charge? I could totally see electric charging being super popular at hiking trailheads and campsites where you are parking anyways but not so much at off-road trailheads.