The Jeep Wrangler Magneto Takes Center Stage at the 2021 Jeep Easter Safari
The Jeep Easter Safari is back and better than ever in Moab, Utah after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic sidelined the event in 2020. This is great news for Jeepers, not only because this is an event they can attend, but also because it’s the one place where Jeep can deliver a gaggle of Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator concepts. At this year’s (2021) gathering, the Jeep Wrangler Magneto takes center stage as it paves the brand’s way forward given that it’s the first all-electric concept from the brand. Additionally, the Jeep Magneto also impresses because it has an unconventional manual transmission.
The majority of current electric cars have their battery-powered motors mated to a single-speed drive via the axle, but some automakers have already begun pushing the envelope with multi-speed transmissions. With the addition of a second forward speed, electric vehicles can actually minimize needless motor spinning at higher speeds and level off the low-end torque that EVs are notorious for. Intriguingly, Jeep did the unthinkable by connecting the electric motor to a six-speed manual transmission via a traditional pedal-operated clutch. Jeep claims the Magneto concept can go from 0-60 mph in only 6.8 seconds, while the conventional two-door Wrangler with a V6 engine and a six-speed manual transmission takes 7.4 seconds.
Jeep placed four lithium-ion battery packs in the cargo area, under the hood, and where the fuel tank used to be. A pair of 12-volt batteries are responsible for powering accessories such as the radio and the winch. All electrical components are protected by waterproof containers, allowing the Wrangler Magneto the same 30 inches of water fording as the traditionally gas-powered Wrangler. Magneto also sports a set of robust skid plates to mitigate off-road scratches and bumps. Jeep rounds out the Magneto Wrangler concept with a 2-inch lift kit, 35-inch tires, a Warn winch, and rock rails, while a custom roll cage and a white-black-blue paint theme make it look like a futuristic model from the movie _ Tron _ .
Make it electric, but off the grid
The Wrangler Magneto concept’s true test lies in how well it performs while off the grid, away from the nearest power source. Electric power will get its chance to shine, and while the idea of hitting the trails without a power source may induce paranoia in some, Jeepers should keep in mind that the trails don’t happen to have gas stations either. While gasoline and diesel engines consistently drain their power source even while idling or slowly crawling, electric motors don’t. In fact, electric motors only consume power if the vehicle itself is in motion. Not only does the Jeep Wrangler Magneto look cool, but it also has the potential to teach enthusiasts a lot about what the future of off-roading may have in store.
For the time being, we can expect the Jeep Wrangler 4xe — the brand’s first hybrid offering of the model — to arrive sometime in 2021. Learn more about how you can plug and play with the Jeep Wrangler 4xe from our dedicated staff here atMiami Lakes Automalland follow Miami Lakes Jeep on social media to be the first to know when the SUV arrives at our lot. In the meantime, if you’re looking to get familiar with the features the latest Jeep Wrangler has to offer, check out the Jeep Wrangler inventory atMiami Lakes Automalland get behind the wheel today!