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Jeep says its new electric Wrangler SUV concept is as fast as a Tesla

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Electric Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0 concept vehicle


DETROIT — Jeep has redesigned an all-electric concept version of its flagship Wrangler, as the brand pivots from gas guzzlers to zero-emissions EVs.

The Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0 concept vehicle comes a year after the Stellantis brand unveiled the first version of the all-electric SUV. Concept vehicles are custom products typically built by automakers to gauge customer interest or showcase the future direction of a vehicle or brand.

The concept SUV is based on Jeep’s traditional Wrangler Rubicon SUV, but the Magneto 2.0 offers a significant increase in performance, including achieving 0-60 mph in two seconds, according to the automaker. That’s faster than the Wrangler Magneto 1.0, at 6.8 seconds, and in line with Tesla’s ultra-performance Plaid models.

Jeep said the Magneto 2.0 is capable of up to 850 foot-pounds of torque to the wheels and 625 horsepower. Jeep did not release the electric range of the vehicle.

Electric Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0 concept vehicle


The most unique aspect to the Magneto is its six-speed manual transmissions, which electric vehicles don’t require. Jeep officials have said the e-transmission has the best characteristics of an automatic transmission with the direct-drive feel of a manual transmission — a key attraction for off-road enthusiasts.

Jeep debuted the Wrangler Magneto 2.0 online Friday ahead of the Jeep Easter Safari, an annual off-road event for the brand in Moab, Utah. Jeep regularly uses the event as a testing ground for the capabilities of its vehicles as well as a measure to gauge customer interest in new products.

Because the Magneto is a concept, it is not for sale to consumers. However, Jeep is expected to produce an all-electric Wrangler at some point in the coming years.

Jeep is a key part of growth and electrification plans for Stellantis, the company formed last year through the merger of Fiat Chrysler and French automaker Groupe PSA. Stellantis is investing at…

2022-04-08 00:01:01

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