Jeep made big news recently as they came out with a bombshell of an announcement. Jeep’s Global President, Christian Meunier, has announced that all models will have a hybrid or plug-in electric variant by 2022.
In a quote posted by Maxim, Meunier promised “We’re going to really accelerate the electrification of Jeep. We’re going to do that very, very quickly.” It was then promised that this wouldn’t come at the expense of Jeep’s capability.
He certainly isn’t kidding as they have a lot of ground to cover in less than two years. One advantage that the company does have is that some platforms already share a similar architecture. Being able to universalize some components should be a big help.
While Jeep is making a shift, it’s not a complete change just yet. It does appear as if internal combustion-powered Jeeps will live alongside the electric and hybrid versions. However, this is a massive shift for a company that has zero electric or hybrid vehicles in America yet.