Parts Tech: Foundation for the electric pickup

by | Mar 26, 2021 | 0 comments

In the growing conversation about electrification — EVs, BEVs, hybrids — the nuts and bolts of making this happen are often overlooked, especially when it comes to electric pickup trucks.

In a bid to address this part of the conversation, Magna has thrown its hat into the ring, announcing what it calls eBeam technology.

Magna’s eBeam technology – which is scalable and gives automakers the ability to electrify their trucks without sacrificing utility and functionality.

The eBeam platform integrates with a battery electric or hybrid powertrain system and offers a structure-oriented design to support high-payload vehicles, with matching power for continuous-duty usage.

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

This approach presents an economical solution that helps bring new electrified trucks to market more quickly, while also preserving towing and payload capabilities.

“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 Tom Rucker, President, Magna Powertrain.

“We know axles are core elements of a truck’s strength, and we are excited to have developed the first significant improvement to the solid beam axle in over 100 years.”

With power ranges between 120 kW and 250 kW, automakers can choose from three variants within Magna’s eBeam family:

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

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

Click here to learn more on how the company is making an all-electric truck possible while keeping its strength and functionality.

For further information about Magna, visit www.magna.com.

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