The demonstration project, undertaken jointly with General Motors and with assistance to Magna E-Car Systems from an Ontario government grant, will enable Magna E-Car Systems and GM to gain critical insight into the performance of electric vehicles in a larger crossover segment.
The project involves the integration of Magna E-Car Systems’ innovative electric drive system into the fleet of Equinoxes.
The Equinox EV fleet is propelled by Magna E-Car Systems’ electric drive system, which features an electric motor that generates maximum power of 105 kW with energy supplied from a 33kWh battery pack. The demonstration fleet will be monitored closely to determine the amount of real-world range achievable by a vehicle of this size. Magna E-Car Systems led the design and vehicle integration of the propulsion and energy storage systems, with GM Canada providing engineering assistance in designing and validating the solution.
A joint GM-Magna E-Car Systems team has designed and built the Chevrolet Equinox electric vehicle demonstration units, working collaboratively from GM’s Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa, Ontario, and Magna E-Car System’s facility in Aurora, Ontario.
Magna E-Car Systems, a partnership between Magna International and the Stronach Group who helped Ford develop its Focus Electric, is a global supplier of components and systems for hybrid and electric vehicles.