Wednesday March 24th 2021
For now as a study
Jeep Wrangler Magneto – now fully electric
It already exists as a plug-in hybrid, now the Jeep Wrangler is also available as a pure electric model. The Stellantis brand has now presented at least one study of the battery-powered off-road vehicle under the name “Magneto” as part of its annual Easter event “Moab Easter Jeep Safari” in the Mojave Desert.
Unlike many competing models, the off-road Stromer sticks to the classic all-wheel drive mechanism. Instead of simply putting an electric motor on each axle, the Jeep still has a distributor and reduction gearbox. The electric drive sits in the same place as the combustion engine, and with 285 hp it also offers exactly the same output.
The battery units – mounted watertight – find space between the struts of the ladder frame, a total of 70 kWh of electrical energy can be on board. This is not only used to drive the vehicle, but also for additional lighting and a cable winch via a voltage converter and an interposed 12-volt battery. The manufacturer does not provide any information on the range or charging time.
It is unclear whether the Magneto will make it into series production. In principle, however, Jeep has announced that it will work on electric versions of its models. In addition, the technical effort should be comparatively low, as it is essentially a conversion to an electric drive rather than an expensive new design.