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As I am preparing to order my Rubicon 4Xe I was wondering what everybody's thoughts were in regard to the 4Xe holding its value. One of the best things about jeeps is their ability to hold their value. I am trading in a 2018 JLUR and my trade 3 yrs later with 43K miles is only 7K less than I paid for it brand new. I haven't been able to find any official residual values listed anywhere. Does the hybrid technology help or hurt the residual value or is it a non factor?
 

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Seems like a bit of an unknown. I’ve decided that I’m just going to drive it and enjoy it. I plan on this being a 10 to 15 year vehicle so I’m not terribly focused on resale.
 

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Welcome @Tbull52.

Like @Wrangler4XEFan, I think its tough to say.

BUT my guess is that there will be uncertainty around the 4xe initially and that should negatively impact its value. Over time that will change as people warm up to it and as charging infrastructure grows. The only thing that could impact that is if Jeep or one of its suppliers messed up something in a big way.
 

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The issue is no one knows how long the batteries will last, even Jeep at this point. We can expect about a 30% degradation in usable power over some period of time (usually 6-8 years of normal use), the warranty will generally be a good indicator of what to expect. Degradation is a lithium ion battery is normal and from what Tesla has learned thus far, the battery degrades about 30% and then levels off and stays there. As long as you don't get chemistry changes around the anodes, the battery may go for many years.

My Volt degraded about 30% but because GM over built the battery (16kWh with 10kWh usable) I never noticed it in lost range. The 4xE battery is fully usable (except for about 15%) so the degradation will be more noticable. The secret to long battery life is to never discharge it all the way and manage the heat effectively. Jeep says they have over a million and a half miles on the drive train so they are still learning too.

The battery is probably a $2500-3500 item right now (assuming $157 / kwh plus packaging) and if a good rebuild market develops it should be cheaper than that out a few years. Those of us (including me) hoped that a rebuild market would develop for the Volt, but it didn't. A GM rebuild is around $6000 without install and chemistry issues are starting to show up in generation 1 Volt's.

It's going to impact resale value, it's just nobody knows how much yet. A lot depends on how healthy a market for BEV and PHEV's really becomes.
 

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Don’t even worry about it. They will maintain their value. Hybrid-electric is just taking off right now. In 5 yrs they might make a battery the same size but twice as powerful.
 
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