New concept vehicle, Magneto 2.0, can go from 0-60 mph in two seconds
Electric vehicles are continuing to advance, as auto manufacturers come to terms with the reality that they, in all likelihood, will make up the future of the industry.
Jeep, which has never really been known for its fuel efficiency, took a step forward in the EV space this week after announcing that an EV version of its Wrangler SUV can go from 0-60 mph in two seconds flat.
The concept vehicle is called the Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0, and is capable of reaching up to 850 foot-pounds of torque along with 625 horsepower.
Concept vehicles are generally built by an auto manufacturer in order to gauge what any customer interest may be, as well as to show off where the company is going with its future plans.
The Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0, meanwhile, is not only an EV, but actually has an increased performance than the auto manufacturer’s flagship SUV. Jeep’s Magneto 1.0, for comparison, takes 6.8 seconds to go from 0-60 mph.
What allows the Wrangler Magneto 2.0 to harness the power that it does is due to it being fitted with a new electric powertrain calibration, which also enables it to maintain its power peak for as many as 10 seconds.
The Magneto 2.0 is also outfitted with a six-speed manual transmission — a unique feature for an EV — and an e-transmission which will attract drivers who like to take their vehicles off roads.
Jeep debuted its new concept vehicle on Friday, just ahead of the company’s Jeep Easter Safari, an event held annually in Moab, Utah.
Since the Magneto 2.0 is only a concept vehicle, it is not currently for sale, however it marks a turning point in the Jeep brand, which is expected to at some point in the coming years release an all-electric Wrangler.