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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Melfi plant is beginning to process of retooling to build a plug-in hybrid Jeep Renegade by 2020. The investment totaling 200 million Euros (about $229 million) will include modernizing the plant and training employees. FCA is planning to get pre-production models rolling off the line next year. Melfi is home to the Renegade and Fiat 500X production. 

FCA says the Renegade will become the third electrified vehicle in their lineup, following the Chrysler Pacifica PHEV and Ram 1500 eTorque mild hybrid. This is part of an effort to launch "12 electric propulsion systems (BEV, PHEV, full-hybrid and mild-hybrid)", adding that 30 different models would be equipped with one or more of these systems.

No mechanical details were given on the plug-in hybrid system destined for the Renegade. 

Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles


Melfi Plant prepares for production of new Jeep Renegade Plug-in Hybrid

The FCA Melfi Plant in Italy is beginning preparations to produce the Jeep Renegade Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) scheduled for market launch in early 2020. The Renegade PHEV will be produced alongside the Renegade and 500X full combustion engine products that are currently produced at the Melfi vehicle assembly plant.

The pre-production units of the new Jeep Renegade PHEV are scheduled in 2019. The investment for the new engine launch equates to more than €200M and also includes a strong commitment by FCA for training all workers on the application of this new technology. The Plant facilities involved in the production will also be modernized accordingly.

"With over 742,000 Renegades produced to date in Italy, the Melfi plant and the Renegade are the ideal location and the perfect product to launch the PHEV, further strengthening the offer of this highly successful Jeep", said Pietro Gorlier, Chief Operating Officer EMEA region.

During the FCA Capital Markets Day on June 1, when the 2018-2022 business plan was presented to the financial community, it was stated that one of the most important change factors addressed in the strategic plan is electrification. Investments during the plan period result in a portfolio of technical solutions that will enable FCA to comply with the regulatory requirements in each sales region. At the same time, the technology will also be applied to enhance the specific strengths of each brand.

The Renegade PHEV is the next step in FCA's roll-out of Electrification, following the launches of the PHEV Pacifica Minivan and the mild-hybrid e-Torque technology launched on the Ram 1500 truck earlier this year. By 2022, FCA will offer a total of 12 electric propulsion systems (BEV, PHEV, full-hybrid and mild-hybrid) in global architectures. Thirty different models will be equipped with one or more of these systems.

London, 8 October 2018


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Noting how Consumer Reports badmouths the Fiat 500 / Jeep Renegade. I wonder how they will address a plug n hybrid? 🤔

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Sergio was right.  Stupid.  Corporate suicide.  Or corporate murder, as it were, with all these impossibly ignorant regulations going against the public's will.

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On 10/8/2018 at 2:03 PM, dfelt said:

Noting how Consumer Reports badmouths the Fiat 500 / Jeep Renegade. I wonder how they will address a plug n hybrid? 🤔

Sparky takes on a whole new meaning. 

11 hours ago, ocnblu said:

Sergio was right.  Stupid.  Corporate suicide.  Or corporate murder, as it were, with all these impossibly ignorant regulations going against the public's will.

Please quit holding back...tell us how you really feel. 

On 10/8/2018 at 7:40 PM, daves87rs said:

Getting the feeling more Jeeps are heading that way...

The dead short when you try to do a water crossing with enormous battery backs at the lowest point in the vehicle should just be epic. I can't wait for the YouTube videos to start coming out. 

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44 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

The dead short when you try to do a water crossing with enormous battery backs at the lowest point in the vehicle should just be epic. I can't wait for the YouTube videos to start coming out. 

Should make fishing in that section of stream easier for the nights dinner you will be hungry for once you winch your way out.

🤔 Second thought, would it not just be totally waterproof? 😏

12 hours ago, ocnblu said:

Sergio was right.  Stupid.  Corporate suicide.  Or corporate murder, as it were, with all these impossibly ignorant regulations going against the public's will.

Young Padawan, the dark side is strong in you! 

star wars GIF

Yet Sergio is dead just like every Sith and this has not stopped the move to better ways of getting around.

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26 minutes ago, dfelt said:

Should make fishing in that section of stream easier for the nights dinner you will be hungry for once you winch your way out.

🤔 Second thought, would it not just be totally waterproof? 😏

Young Padawan, the dark side is strong in you! 

star wars GIF

Yet Sergio is dead just like every Sith and this has not stopped the move to better ways of getting around.

The world in many ways is more entertaining with petulant children in it.

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2 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

So don't buy one if you don't want it.  Personally,  would have preferred they did the JGC first. 

Actually I am liking all of the FCA lineup as of late. Pacifica I had for a weekend rental was awesome over 4 days and 1500 miles. 

If that is indicative of the products FCA wants to sell count me in.

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9 hours ago, A Horse With No Name said:

The world in many ways is more entertaining with petulant children in it.

Are we back to the subject of California again?

9 hours ago, dfelt said:

Yet Sergio is dead just like every Sith and this has not stopped the move to better ways of getting around the golf course.

Fixed.  Got your back!

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11 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

Are we back to the subject of California again?

Fixed.  Got your back!

Proving how petulant you can be! :fryingpan:

Some one needs a spanking! :P

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I am glad my prodigious vocabulary has introduced C&G to a new word of the day.confused amy poehler GIF by Sisters

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