US carmaker orders electric rear-wheel drive from Magna

Magna has received an order to supply a primary eDrive rear-wheel drive system for a high-end vehicle platform of a North American OEM. The 800-volt system can deliver up to 726 kW.

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The car manufacturer is not named, but Magna points out that it is “growing its electrification customer base.” That means the customer in question has not yet ordered any EV components from Magna – which rules out Ford, for example, as the Detroit-based car manufacturer cooperates closely with Magna. General Motors is also an important customer; Magna manufactures the battery housings for the GMC Hummer EV, for example. That leaves Stellantis with brands such as Jeep and Dodge – or one of the younger EV companies from North America.

While it is unclear who the customer is, it is clear what they have ordered: It is a variant of Magna’s 800V eDS Duo with an output of 726 kW and a torque of 8,000 Nm. The enormous power, otherwise only achieved by electric all-wheel drives with two or more motors, does not come from just one unit. As the name suggests, the 800V eDS Duo integrates two electric motors, two inverters and two gearboxes in one package. So even though it is a rear-axle drive, each wheel has its own motor.

Magna says it is responsible for the design of the transmission and housing, the cooling system and the integration of the electric motors and inverters “to ensure reliability, efficiency, and continuous power levels.” The drives will be built at the Magna plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, from 2025.

“We are dedicated to assisting our customers in their transition to electrification by providing them with industry-leading electrified platforms for a sustainable, emission-free future,” says Diba Ilunga, President Magna Powertrain. “This award reflects our expertise in electric powertrain system engineering and integration, as well as our collaborative approach with a highly valued customer to deliver cutting-edge solutions.”

Magna presented the next generation of its 800-volt eDrive system at CES in early January. The duo solution with two complete drive units in one housing was not mentioned then.


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