Would you believe me if I told you that the best-selling plug-in hybrid in America is a Jeep? As wild as that sounds in a world of Teslas and Toyotas, it’s perhaps the most interesting piece of EV trivia today. While PHEVs offer the convenience of gas stations and all-electric mileage savings, we’ve heard more drivers asking for an all-electric Jeep. When will the electric Jeep Wrangler arrive? How about an electric Cherokee or Gladiator? Let’s dive into what we know today. Check back for updates as more information is released.
Jeep 4xe: Jeep’s strategy to electrify its lineup
When Jeep unveiled the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid in September 2020, skeptics wondered if off-roaders would ever give an electric Wrangler a try. Over two years later, the electrified Wrangler is the best-selling plug-in hybrid in America. 19,207 Wrangler 4xe were sold in the first half of 2022, beating the previous champion, the RAV4 Prime, by almost 8,000 sales.
Since then, Jeep has announced that the 4xe sub-brand will continue to grow as Jeep’s electric wing. Jeep 4xe models will include fully electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs).
In 2023, these Jeep 4xe models are available now:
By 2025, Stellantis says the Jeep 4xe family will grow to include four all-electric models and several plug-in hybrids. I have a feeling Jeep and its parent Stellantis are looking to the future, given the success of the Wrangler 4xe.
The Wrangler EV is a plug-in hybrid for now
If you’re after an all-electric Wrangler, you’ll have to wait a little longer. But if you’re willing to consider a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), the Jeep Wrangler 4xe is available now. In fact, the Wrangler 4xe PHEV is one of the best-selling electrified vehicles in America. Jeep has recently said that the huge popularity of the Wrangler 4xe inspired their plans to accelerate the launch. By the end of 2025, Jeep says it will have four all-electric Jeep models and plug-in hybrid options across the lineup.
The 2023 Wrangler 4xe starts at $55,590 for the Willys 4xe. Regardless of trim option, the 2023 Wrangler 4xe is good for 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, along with 21 miles of all-electric range. That comes out to a combined 49 MPGe. That’s double what you get with the gas-powered Wrangler. If you drive a lot, the savings will quickly add up.
Jeep’s Grand Cherokee 4xe electrifies the bestseller
Starting at just $60,000, the Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid is the definition of value in today’s lineup of PHEVs. A Trailhawk 4xe can be had for $62,880. Jeep says this is where capability meets durability.
The Grand Cherokee 4xe is properly powered by a hybrid powertrain that delivers 375 horsepower, 470 lb-ft of torque, 6,000 pounds of towing capacity, and a VERY impressive 56 MPGe. All-electric range is 25 miles, with 470 miles of total driving range on a tank of gas and full charge. We haven’t heard of an all-electric Grand Cherokee yet, but Jeep just made big announcements about what’s next in their 4xe lineup.
The Jeep Recon EV is made for off-road enthusiasts
A convertible, open-top SUV is finally on its way. If the electric Wrangler’s plug-in hybrid powertrain just isn’t cutting it, the all-electric Recon should suit your needs. This is aimed at those longing for an electric Rubicon.
The Recon’s design is inspired by the Wrangler, according to Stellanti design director Ralph Giles. The Recon is an all-new model separate from some of the Recon packages that Wrangler has introduced from time to time. Take a look at it, and it’s clearly something else entirely. It’s kind of boxy, kind of rounded, but unabashedly off-road capable.
Jeep says it will have “true track-rated capability.” The Recon will have towbars, off-road tires and underbody protection to ensure the battery is always protected. Remember that electric cars are built on skateboard-like platforms with batteries under the cabin and motors between the wheels.
Is this a Rubicon capable electric car?
Jeep wants you to know that it is. “The all-new, all-electric Jeep Recon has the ability to traverse the mighty Rubicon Trail, one of the most challenging off-road trails in the United States, and reach the end of the trail with enough range to drive back to town and recharge,” said Jeep CEO Christian Meunier.
These are the additional details released by Jeep and parent company Stellantis:
- Bookings for the Jeep Recon will open in early 2023
- True trail-grade capability with Jeep Selec-Terrain traction management system, e-locker axle technology, underbody protection, towbars and aggressive off-road tires
- Authentic Jeep open-air freedom with a one-touch powertop, removable doors and glass
- The latest generation Uconnect system, including detailed travel guides for the most notable off-road tracks
Recon EV prices
Stellantis didn’t announce exact pricing, and given the volatility in lithium battery supply chains right now, it was probably wise of them. We can conclude from Recon’s press release that they are positioning the Recon to basically be an electric Wrangler Rubicon. Electric cars are always more expensive, so I expect Recon prices to be about $5,000 – $8,000 more than Wrangler Rubicon prices in the same vein. That said, I estimate the Recon’s starting price to be $46,000, with fully optional trims going for closer to $60,000.
If that’s out of your price range, here’s our list of the BEST electric cars under $50,000.
Will the Recon EV be made in America?
Good news for EV tax credit hoppers! The electric Recon will be built in America. It is not confirmed where the batteries will come from, but it is very likely that they will be supplied by the new Stellantis-Samsung SDI battery factory to be built in Indiana.
Will the Jeep Recon qualify for tax credits? With USA made batteries AND final assembly, it is very likely that it will. Remember, you have to keep the price under $80,000 for an SUV and fall under the income limits.
Wondering if you qualify for the $7,500 EV tax credit? See eligibility criteria and qualification models here!
The Electric Wagoneer S is a high-end Jeep. Expect it to be expensive.
At this point, I think we’re all getting used to the Jeep Grand Wagoneer’s foothold in luxury status. The “regular” Wagoneer is much more accessible, but it’s still close to the premium price at $60,000. In case you haven’t noticed, luxury automakers are going electric, and Jeep is giving the Wagoneer the EV treatment, too.
Jeep calls the electric Wagoneer the ‘Wagoneer S’, but indicated in its own disclosure that it could be a placeholder name. We know little about the Wagoneer S right now, but here’s what Jeep has shared:
- It is a premium mid-size SUV
- The range will approach 400 miles
- 4×4 capability is standard
- The Wagoneer S will be manufactured in North America
- Bookings open in early 2023
Wagoneer S Pricing
Stellantis is not hiding its plans to price the Wagoneer EV in the premium class. They call the Wagoneer S ‘The Art of American Premium’, so expect a premium price.
Do you need proof to convince? Jeep just announced these performance specs for the Wagoneer S: 3.5 second 0-60 time, over 600 horsepower and 400 miles of range on a charge. Every electric car available today with performance and range costs at least $80,000. We’re talking about the Lucid Air, the Tesla Model S, and a few others. Factor in the fact that this is a mid-size SUV, and it becomes crystal clear that this isn’t going to be cheap. This one is harder to appreciate than the Recon EV, though Considering the price of the combustion-powered 2023 Jeep Wagoneer, I think the Wagoneer S electric vehicle will have a starting price between $65,000 and $75,000.
Electric cars require more expensive raw materials, and that drives prices higher. Don’t forget that the more miles you drive in an electric car, the faster the payback period will break even compared to more affordable gasoline-powered models. And you drive thousands of miles with zero emissions along the way.
The good news is that the all-electric Jeep Wagoneer S will likely qualify for up to $7,500 in federal incentives, plus whatever your state has to offer.
We will update this page when we know more.
Will the Jeep Avenger come to America?
Sadly, Stellantis doesn’t think the more compact Avenger electric jeep is suitable for the US market. They’ve said the Avenger will be built in Poland for European markets, with no plans to bring it stateside. Americans live for compact SUVs, so I suspect this is more of a supply-constraint issue.
We will be sure to update this page with more information about electric jeeps as Stellantis releases more information. 2023 and especially 2024 look set to be big years for Jeep’s 4xe ambitions.