Auburn Hills’ FCA to Manufacture Power Electronics Component in Toledo for First Plug-in Hybrid Jeep


Auburn Hills-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced it has awarded the production of the power electronics module for the Jeep Wrangler plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) to its Toledo Machining Plant in Ohio. The vehicle is set to launch in 2020.

The power electronics module for the Wrangler has two key electrified components – the power inverter module and the integrated dual charger module, which consists of the on-board charger and the DC/DC converter. The module is packaged in a protective structure under the vehicle between the exhaust and the prop shaft.

Toledo Machining will assemble the sub-systems for the module, upload the applicable software for the power inverter module, 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.

“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,” says Brian Harlow, head of manufacturing for 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.”

FCA has committed to expanding its electrified propulsion systems in global architectures spanning the full range of vehicle segments. The new Wrangler is slated to be one of more than 30 vehicle nameplates with electrified solutions by 2022.

Nearly 850 Toledo Machining employees produce steering columns and torque converters for a number of FCA production locations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

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