Jeep is to unveil the Jeep Wrangler Magneto concept, a fully capable BEV, at this year’s Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The event will be held between March 27th and April 4th. Jeep says its brand engineers and designers have created ‘a zero-emission vehicle with Jeep 4×4 capability that provides new levels of efficiency, environmental responsibility, and performance on- and off-road’.
Based on a two-door 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, the Jeep Magneto uses a custom-built axial flux electric motor that operates up to 6,000 rpm and can deliver up to 273 lb.-ft. of torque and 285 horsepower.
Powering the Jeep Magneto’s e-motor are four battery packs with a combined power of 70 kW/h, running an 800-volt system. The lithium-ion batteries are distributed around the Wrangler to balance weight on the four wheels.
A second 12-volt battery serves as an auxiliary power unit (APU) for accessories, such as the winch. A DC-to-DC converter charges both 12-volt batteries, allowing long-term operation of accessories to power a campsite or an unexpectedly long winch operation.
Unique mounts secure the battery packs for harsh driving and custom skid plates protect the packs from potential strikes to the undercarriage while traversing harsh terrain.
The Jeep Safari was started in 1967 by the Moab Chamber of Commerce as a one-day trail ride. Over the years, the Safari expanded until it finally reached the current nine-day event.
The Jeep vehicle line-up consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, Renegade and Wrangler. Jeep is part of the portfolio of brands offered by the global automaker and mobility provider Stellantis.