2020 Jeep Wrangler PHEV Power Electronics Module Production Awarded to Toledo Machining
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Jeep confirmed late last year that it will launch a Wrangler plug-in hybrid in 2020, but offered precious little else in the way of juicy information. While we still don’t know a lot of the key facts, Jeep this month confirmed that it will be build the Wrangler PHEV’s Power Electronics modules at its Toledo Machining Plant.
“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,” Harlow added. “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.”
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What’s Toledo’s Role in Wrangler PHEV Production?
Per FCA’s announcement, the Wrangler’s Power Electronics module will consist of a Power Inverter Module and Integrated Dual Charger Module, the latter of which will include an On Board Charger and DC/DC Converter. Toledo Machining will handle the assembly of the modules as well as uploading the Power Inverter Module’s software and conducting testing on coolant and electrical systems. The Power Electronics modules will be shipped to the Toledo Assembly Complex where it will be mounted between the Wrangler PHEV’s exhaust and drive shaft in a protective structure.
Toledo Machining currently employs around 850 individuals in the production of steering columns and torque converters. It is not known if the addition of Power Electronics module production will lead to added jobs or increased investments. Since 2011, FCA has invested nearly $92 million in the plant.
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