Magna claims he can increase EV range by 30%, with software and control much of it


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Automotive supplier Magna is launching a full set of electric powertrains that the company says can increase range by up to 30 percent.

Called EtelligentReach, the powertrain will debut on a “newcomer vehicle” in 2022, Magna said in a press release. It includes two electric motors, inverters, and gearboxes, but Magna said most of the efficiency gains will come from a holistic software approach.

The accompanying software package was designed to oversee many vehicle functions at once through a modular control unit, ensuring that the mechanical components work together to deliver maximum efficiency, according to Magna.

Magna EtelligentReach

The company will also include a transmission disconnect, which could help improve efficiency by decoupling an engine under light loads, as well as torque vectoring and multiple drive modes.

Magna is hired to build the Fisker Ocean electric SUV, but it’s unclear if this is the new vehicle the supplier will use to launch EtelligentReach. Fisker said he put much of his own development in the ocean, while borrowing some things from Magna.

However, we do wonder if this “single clutch” that Henrik Fisker teased is the same as the disconnect feature that Magna mentioned.

Fisker Ocean 2023 prototype

Fisker Ocean 2023 prototype

We know that Magna will supply some of the basic architecture for the Ocean, scheduled for production on November 17, 2022, at the Magna-Steyr factory in Graz, Austria.

This factory currently manufactures the Jaguar I-Pace, which Magna used as a demonstrator for both the EtelligentReach system and the e4 system that we sampled in a prototype last year. This system also used Magna’s engines, gearboxes and front and rear software. Magna claimed a 25% improvement in range over the stock I-Pace.

Magna has been very active in EV components lately; earlier last year, it introduced a modular solution called eBeam as a way to electrify body-on-chassis trucks.

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