Jeep Builds an Electric Wrangler With a Stick Shift for Easter Jeep Safari

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Jeep Builds an Electric Wrangler With a Stick Shift for Easter Jeep Safari

Electric vehicles can be a ton of fun to drive, with surprising acceleration thanks to righteous torque. But they usually sacrifice one crucial aspect of car enthusiasm: the manual transmission. Jeep found a way to solve that with the Magneto concept truck. Yep, this is an all-electric Wrangler Rubicon with a six-speed manual transmission.

One of four concept trucks built by Jeep designers and engineers for the 2021 Easter Jeep Safari, the Magneto started life as a two-door Wrangler Rubicon with a six-speed stick. In place of the conventional 3.6-liter V-6 engine, Jeep engineers installed a pancake-style electric motor under the hood and connected it to the standard Wrangler gearbox and drivetrain. Four battery packs totaling 70 kWh are installed in the Wrangler’s chassis, taking up space that would normally be dedicated to the accoutrement of internal combustion, including a battery where the fuel tank would normally reside, and another filling the space originally designed for the muffler. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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