Magna releases new eBeam technology to drive pickup truck electrification
Magna’s eBeam technology provides ability to retain pickup truck capability while transitioning to electrification.
Research & Development
AURORA — On Mar. 11, Magna announced the release of their new eBeam technology – which is scalable and gives automakers the ability to electrify their trucks without sacrificing utility and functionality. 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.
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 economic solution that helps bring new electrified trucks to market quicker, 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.”
To support electric four-wheel drive, Magna also offers several complete powertrain solutions as well, incorporating an electric drive system at the front of the truck, including advanced software and controls for easier integration.