GKN Driveline has presented a concept for a fully integrated eDrive system at the 2017 Auto Shanghai motor show. China is a major focal point for today’s auto industry, and supplier GKN is no exception – the company forecasts that its Chinese joint venture will produce over a million eDrive units per year by 2025.
GKN’s eDrive technology is used in several production vehicles, including the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder, the BMW i8 and the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid.
GKN’s eDrive system packages the electric motor, power inverter and eAxle reduction gearbox within a single casing. The close proximity of the components improves both mechanical and electrical efficiency, and the housing helps to suppress noise and vibrations. GKN has been advancing the dev According to GKN, its wireless setup is approximately 15% smaller and 10% lighter than EV systems using separate components.
All of the components of GKN’s eDrive system are contained within a bespoke housing, which is designed to simplify the integration process for car manufacturers. GKN says its fully integrated design will enable systems to be supplied to OEMs at lower unit costs than today’s electric drivelines, paving the way for more affordable eDrive variants of mainstream vehicles.
“We constantly work in partnership with our customers to make our technology smaller and lighter, while retaining high performance and efficiency,” said GKN Driveline exec Peter Moelgg. “Our eDrive concept being presented in Shanghai showcases GKN’s expertise in complete mechanical and electrical systems that will enable the next generation of electrified vehicles.”
Source: GKN Driveline