The annual Easter Jeep Safari is coming, and this year, an all-electric concept is joining in on the fun. Called the Jeep Magneto, it ditches the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 for an axial-flux electric motor that can spin up to 6,000 rpm generating 285 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Its four Webasto battery packs are nestled inside custom milled aluminum housings, with one over the motor, another behind the rear axle and the last two between the axles where the fuel tank once sat. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Its electric powertrain is essentially a 70-kilowatt-hour, 800-volt lithium-ion pack, while two additional 12-volt batteries are also employed to power ancillary systems, such as lights, a winch and heater. There are no doors, roof or backseat, but it still weighs in at a hefty 5,750 pounds, approximately 1,500 pounds more than a standard two-door V6 Rubicon due to the batteries. All things considered, it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in a respectable 6.8 seconds.
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It’s a total rock crawler, thanks to that electric motor. You use the clutch to put it into 1st gear and you don’t have to hold the clutch in, as the motor isn’t idling, so you can’t stall it. Then it’s just application of throttle. You can go super-slow using all that torque at near-zero rpm,” said Mark Allen, Chief Designer at Jeep.