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GKN developing new versions of eDrive technology as sales increase

GKN Automotive is accelerating its eDrive development program to keep pace with growing demand for its compact electric driveline systems. In July 2019, the company produced its one millionth unit; sales in 2020 are on track to exceed 2019 figures by 141 percent. By 2025, the company expects to be producing around one million eDrive systems per year. 

The next phase of GKN Automotive’s electrification strategy includes the development of the 3-in-1 G400 eDrive System, which the company is testing on Tesla Model 3 and Fiat Ducato platforms. This is in preparation for the integration of Delta Electronics components into eDrive units, which will enable the rapid acceleration of GKN’s next-generation compact modular eDrive systems in power classes from 80 kW to 155 kW.  The latest GKN demonstrators use a compact G400 modular eDrive unit, which consists of a GKN eMotor (126 kW), inverter, offset gearbox with open differential, and software controls integrated into both vehicles’ electrical architectures.

GKN is focusing on developing a range of 2-in-1 and 3-in-1 electric drive systems for pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, to cover all mass-market torque requirements from 2,000 Nm to 5,800 Nm.

Source: GKN Automotive

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