Magna drives pickup truck electrification with new eBeam technology

Magna has introduced a scalable electric drop-in replacement for traditional beam axles. The new eBeam integrates with an electric or hybrid powertrain and offers a structure-oriented design to support high-payload vehicles, with matching power for continuous-duty usage.

Designed to transition pickup trucks and light commercial vehicles to hybrid or electric powertrains, eBeam integrates with existing truck architectures without requiring unique suspension, chassis or brake systems. 

“It is a bold endeavor to electrify pickup trucks, whose owners demand the towing and hauling capabilities they are currently used to, and we’ve accomplished it with our eBeam technology,” said President Tom Rucker.

With power ranges between 120 kW and 250 kW, automakers can choose from three eBeam variants:

  • Single motor, single speed
  • Single motor, two speeds
  • Twin motor, single speed, including torque vectoring.

To support four-wheel drive, Magna also offers several complete powertrain solutions incorporating an electric drive system at the front of the truck, including software and controls to facilitate integration.

Source: Magna