VIDEO: TFLCar Gets Behind The Wheel Of The Jeep® Wrangler Magneto Concept:

Jeep's Fully-Electric Wrangler Hits The Trails In Moab...

Our friends over at The Fast Lane Car are currently out at Moab with the Jeep® team and getting a chance to get some behind-the-wheel time of the latest Jeep concept vehicles at the Moab Easter Jeep Safari. This includes the fully-electric Jeep Wrangler Magneto Concept, the first fully-electric two-door Wrangler. We recently talked about this new concept vehicle and received a lot of feedback both positive and negative about it. So there is a lot of curiosity surrounding this concept vehicle.

2021 Jeep® Wrangler Magneto Concept. (Jeep).

Jeep engineers designed the Magneto Concept to be a stealthy, quiet, quick, and unmistakeable rock-crawling force on the trail. Both Jeep engineers and designers worked hard to create a zero-emission vehicle that maintains the Wrangler legendary 4×4 capability while providing new levels of efficiency, environmental responsibility, and performance both on and off-road.

Starting with a two-door 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon as its basis, the Magneto Concept uses a custom-built axial flux electric motor that operates up to 6,000 rpm. The e-motor is connected to a 6-speed manual transmission (that’s right, no automatic here), creating a unique manual-electric powertrain with a clutch that operates as it would with an internal combustion engine (ICE). In quick-shift scenarios, the e-motor engages regen upon clutch engagement to prevent rev-hang.

The compact e-motor is tuned to deliver up to 285 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. Those numbers are consistent with the Wrangler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which produces 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. Intentional calibrations developed during testing help Magneto’s powertrain emulate the driving experience of the Pentastar. During moderate driving, the performance between the Pentastar and the e-motor/manual powertrain is “negligible” as Jeep says, except for near-silent operation.
The Magneto Concept is able to run a 0 to 60 mph time in just 6.8-seconds, thanks to the instant 273 lb.-ft. of torque on tap.

2021 Jeep® Wrangler Magneto Concept. (Jeep).

Providing power to Magneto’s e-motor are four battery packs with a combined power of 70 kWh, running an 800-volt system. For reference, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe runs just one 400-volt, 17-kWh, 96-cell lithium-ion, nickel manganese cobalt battery pack. Magneto’s lithium-ion batteries are distributed around the Wrangler to balance weight on the four wheels. One pack replaces the Wrangler’s mid-ship fuel tank, another is mounted opposite the fuel tank location, the third pack sits atop the e-motor under the hood, and the fourth pack mounts in the space normally used for a rear storage compartment, also using space typically occupied by the exhaust muffler.

Jeep has not yet said if it will indeed produce the Wrangler Magneto. But with how production-ready this thing looks, we think Jeep is strong testing the Jeep enthusiasts fan base for feedback on this one. We can’t wait to get a better look at this important concept soon.

What do you think of the Jeep Magneto Concept? Leave your comments below, or in the MoparInsiders.com forums.


Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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I, for one, am really excited about the move towards electrifying the jeep range. I'm pretty fed up with tesla being the only vehicles being talked about when the subject is mentioned. I love my wrangler and am happy in the knowledge that I may be able to switch to all electric when it's time to upgrade. Maybe someone could have a chat to the Australian government and let them know that our weekends will be safe

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