GKN Automotive Aims to Make Electric Propulsion Affordable

GKN Automotive Aims to Make Electric Propulsion Affordable

GKN Automotive Aims to Make Electric Propulsion Affordable
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The company is standardising a range of integrated ‘3-in-1’ systems for pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, aiming to reduce cost and increase efficiency to make EVs affordable

Unveiling its next phase of electrification strategies, GKN Automotive has announced to standardise its range of highly integrated ‘3-in-1’ systems for pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. With an aim to decrease cost and increase efficiency, the 3-in-1 systems effectively integrate an electric motor and inverter together with the single-speed transmission module that scales up the torque. The inverter retains its own separate housing for maximum serviceability. The company’s Automotive SPICE Level 2- and 3-certified software engineering processes enable it to manage the system’s complete integration.

The systems distil the company’s experience in industrialising electric axle and driveline systems, and harnesses data and system integration knowledge, accumulated from 17 years of eDrive development and production of over a million eDrive units. Such move will enable three families of electric drive systems to cover all mass-market torque requirements.

Hannes Prenn, COO of GKN Automotive ePowertrain, said that the next phase will see manufacturing of highly integrated, modular, scalable architectures required for high volume vehicle applications and standardising these systems will make electrification more affordable.

GKN Automotive’s Family 2 eDrive system provides a peak torque of 1,800 – 2,700 Nm and is suitable for A-, B- and C-segment applications. The Family 3 eDrive system covers C- and D-segment applications with peak axle torque of 2,700 – 4,100 Nm. The Family 4 eDrive system provides 4,100 – 5,800 NM for D-segment and large vehicle applications.