By 2025, Canadian automotive parts supplier and manufacturer Magna is planning to produce a 4WD EV powertrain system called EtelligentForce for pickup trucks and light commercial vehicles.
EtelligentForce is composed of Magna’s eDrive technology in front and its eBeam in the rear. According to Magna, the system can deliver up to 430 kW from the eBeam’s 250 kW potential and eDrive’s 180 kW. Magna also says the system will tow 14,500 pounds.
The eBeam fits some existing suspension and brake systems, and the EtelligentForce system can be tailored to the performance preferences of automakers. According to Magna, EtelligentForce requires less maintenance than ICE powertrains because it includes fewer moving parts.
The company says a forthcoming EV center at its US headquarters in Michigan will focus on launching the EtelligentForce system and additional EV products into the North American market in 2025.
“The beauty of this powerful BEV system is that it delivers the environmental benefits of an electric powertrain while maintaining the capability and utility of conventional ¾-ton and 1-ton trucks,” says Magna Powertrain President Tom Rucker.