Pushing for an electrified lineup in the coming years, Fiat Chrysler, on Monday confirmed that it launched the preparations for the production of a plug-in hybrid version of the Jeep Renegade.
Fiat, in June, outlined its plans of investing 9 billion euros towards electrification of its lineup in the next five years. This move was especially aimed at demanding emission norms around the world that could have hindered the company’s global growth in sales and development.
The company has also planned to phase out all its diesel models in European passenger cars by 2021. The plug-in hybrid version of the Renegade which is expected to hit the showrooms will be manufactured at the company’s plant in southern Italy, which is currently producing combustion engine version of the model as well as the Fiat 500X crossover.
Reports suggest that more than 200 million euros will be diverted towards the development of the new engine, Fiat said and that workers would go under fresh training for the new technology.
In the coming five years, Fiat plans to offer a total of 12 electric propulsion system that would include a battery electric vehicle, plug-in hybrids and full hybrids and that nearly 30 models would be equipped with one of these systems by 2022.