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More power to electrify the trail

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Last year, Jeep surprised the Easter Jeep Safari crowd with the unveiling of the all-electric Wrangler Magneto Concept.

The off-road concept demonstrated that a battery-electric propulsion system would be true to the Wrangler’s heritage of off-road capability. Now Jeep has taken things up a notch with the Wrangler Magneto 2.0 Concept, which it describes as a dominating off-roader designed to take driver and passengers off the beaten path.

Compared to its predecessor, the Magneto 2.0 is significantly more powerful, with its bespoke front-mounted axial-flow electric motor generating 625 horsepower and up to 850 lb-ft (1,151 Nm) of peak torque to the wheels – more triple the torque output of last year’s concept.

Jeep says peak amperage in the propulsion system has more than doubled to 600 amps, with a new electric powertrain calibration keeping peak amperage down to 10 seconds. This allows the Magneto 2.0 to go from 0 to 60 mph in 2 seconds.

Just like the original Magneto, the 2.0 also has four lithium-ion batteries spread throughout the chassis for weight balance. They have a combined capacity of 70 kWh and operate on an 800 volt system.

Another big carryover from last year’s car is the six-speed manual transmission, although the manual transmission’s first gear has been increased from 5.13 to 3.36. Combined with the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon’s Rock-Trac transfer case, the Magneto 2.0 is said to demonstrate unrivaled rock-crawling ability with its instant on-demand torque delivery.

The vehicle also features a driver-selectable maximum regeneration feature added to the propulsion system for a true “one-pedal” driving experience. Finally, the electric powertrain includes a race car-derived inverter that converts DC to AC for the high-tech motor that operates at up to 5,250 rpm.

Although based on the body style of the two-door Wrangler, the Magneto 2.0 has a 12-inch longer wheelbase to make room for additional powertrain components. The extended wheelbase gives the vehicle similar proportions to the 2004-06 “LJ” Wrangler Unlimited.

Off-road components include a custom 3-inch lift kit, 40-inch off-road tires mounted on 20-inch wheels, a Dynatrac 60 Pro-Rock front axle and a massive Pro-Rock Dynatrac 80 rear axle with a 5.38 ratio and lockers for both axles, a custom driveshaft and off-road suspension.

On the styling front, the Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0 brings custom lightweight bumpers, carbon fiber wheel flares, Surf Blue paint, custom carbon fiber B-pillar, custom bikini top and carbon fiber hood with blue-tinted transparent window that offers a glimpse of the power unit below.