Meunier is banking on projections that battery prices will lower within the years forward, making Jeep’s EVs extra reasonably priced and serving to the model hit its targets. Its dad or mum firm, Stellantis, is working towards introducing solid-state batteries, that are slated to ship security, value, weight and efficiency enhancements over lithium ion batteries, by 2026. Stellantis invested in solid-state battery firm Factorial Power and signed a joint growth settlement to advance the expertise.
Jeep is trying to attain its 2030 EV gross sales goal by promoting premium fashions, because it all the time has. The Recon will not have a stripped-down, $30,000 model.
Meunier mentioned a “very low-cost automotive” is just not going to be out there in EV kind for some time, particularly in North America.
“Electrification is dearer, however the fee goes to lower, the chemistry goes to enhance, the scale of the battery will scale back,” Meunier mentioned. “It may take a number of years. By [2026-27], strong state will carry some prices down. So there are quite a lot of issues that evolve that can make it simpler.”
The rugged Recon follows the Wrangler’s custom of open-air experiences, whereas the Wagoneer S shares a reputation with its greater counterparts however has its personal design language and aptitude as a midsize crossover. Each will likely be in-built North America.
Meunier would not share specifics on the Recon’s driving vary, saying solely that will probably be underneath 400 miles. He believes the Recon can do properly abroad, too.
It options Selec-Terrain traction administration, e-locker axle expertise, underbody safety, tow hooks and off-road tires. It additionally has the latest-generation Uconnect infotainment system, together with journey guides for notable off-road trails.
Jeep is concentrating on a 400-mile vary for the Wagoneer S and goals for it to provide 600 hp with a 0-to-60-mph time of round 3.5 seconds. It is going to be offered in main markets world wide, together with Europe.