Jeep’s ‘Magneto’ electric Wrangler concept: the off-road classic returns

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Jeep on Monday unveiled a concept version of a fully electric Wrangler SUV with an X-Men-inspired name: “the Magneto” but wait don’t get your hopes up because this is just a concept car so you won’t get your hand on it soon.

The car’s design is based on the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, but it has an electric motor that sports 273 pound-feet of torque and 285 horsepower, equipped with an 800-volt system spread across four battery packs, according to Jeep.

As per Jeep, the Magneto can sprint to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds but the vehicle’s range in a single charge is yet to be revealed.

What sets the Magneto apart from other EVs in the market is the inclusion of six-speed manual transmission which is surprising since most EVs have a single-speed transmission.

Jeep made sure that the Magneto’s electric drivetrain didn’t hinder its off-road performance. The company waterproofed the Magneto’s batteries and protected them with skid plates, giving the vehicle the ability to ford 30 inches of water or drive over rough terrain without damaging the batteries.

The Magneto was unveiled alongside several other custom or concept vehicles for the Jeep Easter Safari, an annual off-road event for the brand in Moab, Utah. Jeep regularly uses the off-road event as a testing ground for the capabilities of its vehicles as well as a way to gauge customer interest in new products.

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