The Canadian Industrial company Magna announced this week that it carried out the electrification of a demonstration fleet of nine GM SUVs, the Chevrolet Equinox.
A project developped in partnership with GM Canada to allow both companies to get a feedback on the electrification of large vehicles,
“Collaboration between automakers, suppliers, utility companies and the government is essential in order to develop solutions for future mobility. Such collaboration can enhance innovation and reduce costs, particularly in fleet projects such as this where the resulting data and lessons learned are useful to all participants.” Ted Robertson, Vice Chairman, Magna E-Car Systems.
Magna has indeed an electric powertrain technology called Magna E-Car, developed with funding from the Ontario government. This technology is the result of a partnership between Magna International and the Stronach Group a provider of components, systems for hybrid and electric vehicles.
The Chevrolet Equinox Electric Vehicle (EV) gets a 105kW (143ch) engine that is powered by a 33kWh battery pack.
A joint team involving GM and Magna E-Car System has been set-up, Magna managing the integration of the technology and GM Canada validating and supervising the built.
“This demonstration project is the latest example of GM’s commitment to broaden our vehicle electrification technology expertise working with a leading Canadian supplier, like Magna E-Car Systems,” Matthew Crossley, Director, Canadian Engineering for General Motors of Canada Limited.