Magna is claiming a design innovation – called eBeam – that it says provides the ability to retain pickup truck utility/capability while transitioning to electrification.
It says the design is is the first significant change to solid beam rear axle in trucks in more than 100 years.
Magna’s eBeam 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.
Magna maintains that eBeam is scalable and gives automakers the ability to electrify their trucks without sacrificing utility and functionality.
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, Magna says, 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.