Kaptur Statement after FCA Announces Investment in Electrified Jeep Vehicles
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the House Congressional Auto Caucus, released the following statement after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced plans to invest $4.5 billion to expand its Jeep and Ram brands, including investment in electric drivetrains for Jeep brand vehicles. Rep. Kaptur represents Toledo, Ohio.
“Today’s announcement from FCA is exciting news for all Toledoans and fans of the iconic Jeep brand,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Since 1941, Toledoans have not only built Jeep into one of the most popular vehicle brands in the world, but also into a household name synonymous with American grit, determination, and ingenuity. Jeep is in our soul. It’s our tradition and we want to see it succeed far into the future.”
“Electrification of Jeep vehicles is a necessary and important step to future-proof the brand and the tens of thousands of Toledo-based manufacturing jobs that have supported the brand since World War II. While electric drivetrain components will be built in Michigan, FCA’s investment in electrification will almost certainly benefit Jeep’s production platform and vehicles produced in nearby Toledo, such as the Wrangler and the upcoming Gladiator pickup truck. With rapidly changing driver preferences toward electric and other environmentally friendly alternatives, Jeep’s domestic investment in vehicle electrification is critical, especially as SUV’s and trucks become American consumers’ vehicle of choice.”
“Today’s investment will help bolster our already highly-skilled workforce, ensure future innovation, and set us on a path to surpass overseas competitors including China, which produces 96% of all electric vehicles on the market; all while taking steps to combat climate change and keep automotive jobs in Northern Ohio.”