INTERNATIONAL – Fiat Chrysler (FCA) said on Monday it had kicked-off preparations for the production of a plug-in hybrid version of the Jeep Renegade as the carmaker pushes ahead with its electrification drive to meet tougher emissions rules.
The world’s seventh-largest carmaker said in June it would invest €9 billion (R153bn) in electric and hybrid cars over the next five years to become fully compliant with emissions regulations across regions.
It also pledged to phase out diesel engines in European passenger cars by 2021.
The Jeep Renegade plug-in hybrid, expected in the market in early 2020, will be produced at FCA’s Melfi plant in southern Italy, which is already churning out the combustion engine version of the model and the Fiat 500X crossover, FCA said.
More than €200m will be spent on the new engine, the company said, adding workers would be retrained for the new technology and the plant modernised.