The All-Electric Jeep 'Magneto' Has A Six-Speed Manual Gearbox

The 'Magneto' and three other concepts have been created for this year's Easter Jeep Safari
The All-Electric Jeep 'Magneto' Has A Six-Speed Manual Gearbox

How times have changed. It wasn’t that long ago we were reporting on the mad Trailcat, a Dodge Hellcat-engined Wrangler with no doors that had been built for the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab. In stark contrast, the headliner for this year’s group of Moab concepts is fully electric.

This is the Wrangler-based Jeep Magneto, which uses a “custom-built axial flux motor” to power the wheels via, wait for it, a six-speed manual gearbox. It’s operated just like any other stick shift, clutch pedal and all.

The All-Electric Jeep 'Magneto' Has A Six-Speed Manual Gearbox

Four battery packs providing a combined 70kWh are dotted about the Magneto for optimum weight distribution. One is where the Wrangler’s mid-mounted fuel tank used to be, another in a space opposite, the third above the electric motor where the engine normally sits, and the fourth and final pack lives in a space usually reserved for the rear end of the exhaust system.

Power and torque figures are similar to that of the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 available in the production Wrangler, giving a respectable 0-60mph time of 6.8 seconds. So it’s ready for Moab-spec terrain, the Magneto has been upgraded with a two-inch lift kit, 35-inch mud-terrain tyres and Mopar Rock Rails.

The All-Electric Jeep 'Magneto' Has A Six-Speed Manual Gearbox

The Magneto is, we suspect, a very early preview of a production all-electric Wrangler. It wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see the incoming hybrid Wrangler joined by a derivative fully powered by electricity, albeit without the weird gearbox.

Revealed alongside this Jeep which looks to the future is one with its sights set firmly in the past. The Jeepster Beach (above) is a restomod which is a 1968 Jeepster Commando “seamlessly blended” with a modern Wrangler Rubicon. So, while it’s thoroughly old-school on the outside, it’s properly modern under the skin, with a 267bhp, 295lb ft engine under the bonnet. The 2.0-litre inline-four drives a 4:1 transfer case via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The All-Electric Jeep 'Magneto' Has A Six-Speed Manual Gearbox

The Red Bare (above) is a Wrangler Gladiator Rubicon that’s been given an especially hardcore makeover. It features Dana 44 heavy-duty axles front and rear, an additional two inches of ground clearance, rock rails and 37-inch BF Goodrich mud-terrain tyres.

It’s finished in ‘Firecracker Red’ with matte black and gold accents, while on the inside, black leather seats are contrasted with red flannel trim. Lovely.

The All-Electric Jeep 'Magneto' Has A Six-Speed Manual Gearbox

Finally, there’s the ‘Orange Peelz’ (above), a two-door Wrangler with a few nods to the vehicle’s “open-air heritage” courtesy of a lack of side and rear windows. It also gets prototype JPP half doors, and a removable one-piece sunroof which is called a ‘Freedom Top’. Because of course it is.

The Orange Peelz gets a similar complement of off-road goodies to the Red Bare, with a two-inch lift kit and 37-inch mud-terrain boots on beadlock capable wheels. There’s also a set of hardy Fox dampers and a 3600kg-capable winch.



i think someone spread to much copy-paste on this Post.
That Jeepster bit is doubled but no info on that LWB Wrangler Pickup thingy

03/22/2021 - 16:16 |
2 | 0


03/22/2021 - 19:10 |
4 | 0

Well, that’s one electric I can get behind: it has a manual transmission.

03/22/2021 - 22:15 |
0 | 0
Olivier (CT's grammar commie)

The Freedom top is OEM equipment if I’m not mistaken

03/23/2021 - 00:54 |
0 | 0
Yusuf Ashari

well, that was impressive. But I was baffled on how an EV was equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, as it doesn’t explain briefly about how it works on an EV and the difference with the manuals on ICEs.

03/23/2021 - 05:17 |
0 | 0
Myrmeko (#CTSquad)

That trasmission would actually be very useful with the power consumption in an electric car, because with each gear, you could, just like in any other car, keep the engine running at a lower RPM where it has the most torque. Something that people refuse to understand is that electric motors only have max torque around 1/3 - 1/2 of the rev range, then it drops hard. That transmission will help a lot with the electricity economy.

03/23/2021 - 07:29 |
2 | 2

100% incorrect, all the way from 0 to the 19,000 rpm redline an electric motor is over 95% efficient. Lowering the rpm might get a 1% efficiency boost at best, far outwayed by the losses churning around 6 sets of gears and synchros (by over 10 times).

03/23/2021 - 22:54 |
2 | 2



Sponsored Posts