Magna attacks pickup truck market with electric 4WD powertrain

January 05, 2022 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Magna attacks pickup truck market with electric 4WD powertrain
Magna has introduced a battery electric four-wheel powertrain system for pickup trucks and light commercial vehicles. Designed to maintain full vehicle capabilities without compromising payload or towing capacities of pickup trucks and light commercial vehicles, the system baptized EtelligentForce is targeted for production from 2025.

EtelligentForce features Magna’s eDrive technology at the front and its eBeam electrified beam axle at the rear. It can tow up to 14,500 pounds – on par with typical ICE counterparts in this truck segment. It can provide a total peak power of up to 430 kW - 250kW from the rear axle and 180kW from the front axle.

“EtelligentForce comes at a pivotal time - particularly in the North American auto industry where pickup trucks are at their height of popularity and one of the last segments to become fully electric,” said President of Magna Powertrain, Tom Rucker. He highlighted the circumstance that this system delivers the environmental benefits of an electric powertrain while maintaining the capability and utility of conventional ¾-ton and 1-ton trucks.

In addition, the Magna solution omits the need for architectural changes to the vehicle and is widely customizable for automakers to prioritize key performance attributes. According to the designers, the new eBeam will replace traditional beam axles, accommodating existing suspension and brake systems, and avoiding the need for expensive redesign of existing truck platforms. These benefits help automakers simplify the transition toward electrification of these vehicle segments.

With fewer moving parts than a comparable ICE powertrain, the EtelligentForce requires less maintenance. “EtelligentForce will enable businesses and consumers to put their trucks to work, whether on the construction site or enroute to their favorite vacation destination – all while helping to reduce emissions,” added Rucker.

As the momentum toward vehicle electrification accelerates, Magna is setting up a new EV center at its U.S. headquarters in Troy, Michigan. The specialized team will be dedicated to preparing the EtelligentForce solution to launch in the North American EV market from 2025, in addition to other EV products.

www.magna.com

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