Article By Richard Aucock

Jeep Mangeto 'Wrangler EV' concept revealed

Jeep Magneto is a sustainable Jeep Wrangler and will prove to be a “stealthy, rock-climbing force” promises the firm

Jeep has given us an early look into the future of how the famous 4x4 brand may tackle the switch to EVs with the new Jeep Magneto concept car.

Described as a fully-capable BEV that is “stealthy, quiet, quick and an unmistakable rock-climbing force,” the new concept shows how a future Jeep EV 4x4 may look.

Indeed, Jeep says the switch to EV may even be a positive for the brand, with “new levels of efficiency environmental responsibility and performance” being discovered while developing the concept.

The Jeep Magneto uses a custom-built electric motor connected, uniquely, to a six-speed manual transmission.

This creates a manual-electric drivetrain, complete with a regular clutch.

Jeep says this makes it perfect for off-road use, where millimetric-precision control is needed.

It’s fast too, with the 285hp capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in 6.8 seconds.

Four battery packs give 70kWh, and they run the latest 800-volt system. Jeep’s split the battery packs up to give perfect weight distribution – again, with off-road driving in mind.

What’s more, all the electrical components are located in waterproof enclosures, maintaining a near-800m wading capability. And a 10kW high-voltage heater keeps the open-top cabin warm.

The Jeep Magneto has a 2-inch lift kit, 35-inch mud terrain tyres, custom roll cage, Mopar Rock Rails, steel bumpers with built-in winch and a steel belly pan.

Let’s off road? This thing is fully gripped and sorted.

At this stage, the Jeep Magneto is just a concept, built as part of the famous Easter Jeep Safari display. But the firm has a habit of taking well-received concepts through to production, so don’t be surprised to hear more about this fascinating Jeep EV in the months and years to come…

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