The power electronics module for the upcoming plug-in hybrid Jeep Wrangler will be produced at the company’s Toledo Machining Plant. The PHEV Wrangler will launch in 2020, and will be one of more than 30 vehicle nameplates that will be electrified as part of FCA’s strategy.
“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 onboard 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 will assemble the subsystems for the module, upload the applicable software for the module, and also conduct final testing on the coolant and electrical systems. Finished modules will be delivered to the Toledo Assembly Complex, where the Wrangler PHEV will be assembled.