Toledo, Ohio – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA US) is moving forward with plans to build a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) version of its popular Jeep Wrangler off-road vehicle, assigning the power electronics module production work to its Toledo Machining Plant, a relatively small facility near the massive Jeep complex in the same city.
As part of the Capital Markets Day presentation on June 1, 2018, FCA US committed to expanding its electrified propulsion systems in global architectures spanning the full range of vehicle segments. The Jeep Wrangler PHEV, which is expected to launch in 2020, will be one of more than 30 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 – a power inverter module and an integrated DC/DC converter. The module will be packaged in a protective structure under the vehicle – between the exhaust pipe and prop shaft.
Toledo Machining will assemble the sub-systems for the module, upload the applicable software for the inverter, and 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.
Nearly 850 Toledo Machining employees currently produce steering columns and torque converters for a number of FCA production locations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
About Toledo Machining
Construction of the Perrysburg, Ohio, facility began in 1964 with production following two years later in 1966. Since 2011, the company has invested nearly $92 million to produce steering columns and torque converters for the 8-speed rear-wheel-drive and 9-speed front-wheel-drive transmissions in the 1.2 million square foot plant.