Earlier this week, Ford announced that it has been secretly developing a new, low-cost all-electric vehicle as it aims to overcome one of the biggest barriers standing in the way of mass EV adoption. However, this doesn’t mean that FoMoCo will ignore the top end of the market either, as there’s certainly room for niche products as well. In that vein, it’s apparently possible that Ford will soon source a “high-end” electric motor from a familiar company – Magna – which has enjoyed a cozy relationship with The Blue Oval for many years now, according to a new report from Automotive News Canada.
Magna recently revealed that it will be supplying this “specialized primary rear eDrive system” to a Detroit Big Three automaker, though it didn’t specify whether that will be Ford, General Motors, or Stellantis. The supplier also noted that the e-motor will be used in “a high-end niche vehicle,” too. This new motor is based on the existing 800V eDS Duo, but utilizes a pair of motors, inverters, and gearboxes, generating a combined output of 726 kW (974 horsepower) and 8,000 Nm (5,900 pound-feet) of wheel torque, and it will be built at Magna’s plant in Ramos, Mexico.
“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,” said Diba Ilunga, president of Magna’s powertrain division. “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.”
It’s obviously unclear if Ford is the automaker who has secured this contract, but The Blue Oval has thus far shown a willingness to push the proverbial envelope in terms of EV performance with its array of demonstrators and high-performance variants. It’s also worth noting that Magna supplies battery enclosures for the Ford F-150 Lightning already, and it also just became BlueOval City’s first major supplier as it plans to spend $790 million building three facilities at that campus in Stanton, Tennessee – where future Ford EVs and batteries will be built.