Company’s first fully-integrated electric axle drive system enters volume production in China and Europe; innovative third-generation electric drive system offers high power density
Vitesco Technologies, the erstwhile Powertrain division of Continental, announced today that it has signed agreements with Groupe PSA and Hyundai to supply fully-integrated electric axle drive system for various volume-production models. This agreement with two leading OEMs is said to highlight the position of Vitesco Technology as a pioneer of intelligent customised solutions for all electrification aspects. Production of the new electric drive system has already begun at Vitesco Technologies plant in Tianjin, China.
Groupe PSA has selected the new electric drive system for its e-CMP modular electric platform, on which compact battery electric vehicle models such as the Peugeot e-208 and Opel Corsa-e will be built. Meanwhile, Hyundai Motor Corporation has made Vitesco Technologies its supplier of choice in China through its joint venture Beijing Hyundai. The two Hyundai models that will be equipped with Vitesco Technologies’ electric drive system will be the Encino compact SUV and Lafesta sedan. In addition, other vehicle manufacturers have chosen the company to supply drive systems for battery electric cars that are planned to launch over the next 12 months, noted Vitesco Technologies. Furthermore, the innovative e-axle will also power German start-up Sono Motors’ Sion battery electric vehicle.
Vitesco Technologies said it has a track record of over a decade in electrification, making it a key partner to all major car manufacturers. Its commitment to pioneering electric mobility solutions started back in 2006, and by 2011 had its electric drive system in the market in the Renault car models Zoe, Fluence and Kangoo. Vitesco Technologies has used its experience and deep expertise in electric drive systems to bring the third-generation of its electric axle drive system to market.
The company’s engineers are said to have improved the interaction between the system’s individual components of electric motor, power electronics and transmission, based on their expertise in systems and electronics. These improvements result in a drive system that is lighter, more compact and cost-effective, it added. The new module features an electric motor and power electronics that are liquid-cooled and weigh less than 80 kg. It also features a new transmission-integrated electric parking lock function. The intelligent combination and integration of the system’s individual components have made it possible to remove numerous connectors and cables, cutting costs even further, the company said.
Andreas Wolf, CEO, Vitesco Technologies, said the new integrated axle drive unit and the company’s extensive experience in electrifying drive-units have made it the partner of choice for carmakers striving to be at the forefront of e-mobility. “Electric vehicles are starting to go mainstream – with our sophisticated technology on board”, Wolf added.