GKN Driveline is supplying its electric drive technology to StreetScooter, the electric vehicle company owned by the German postal service, Deutsche Post DHL. The service intends to deploy 2,000 StreetScooter vehicles in its urban delivery fleet by the end of the year as part of its ultimate objective of converting its entire delivery fleet to electric power.
The StreetScooter van has a 20.4 kWh Li-ion battery pack and a 30 kW motor. Top speed is 50 mph.
GKN’s system has an output torque of up to 2,000 N·m in a compact package that’s designed for superior noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics and efficiency. Its interface is designed to make it easy to integrate the electric drive with different motor designs. The system is also currently used in the Fiat 500e and the Citroen Berlingo Electric light commercial vehicle.
“GKN’s electric drives turn electric power into instant torque at the wheels, and the versatile Family 2 eTransmission provides outstanding performance, refinement and efficiency in a compact package that is designed to make integration quick and simple,” said Peter Moelgg, CEO of GKN Driveline’s All-Wheel and Electric Drive Division.
“We have been advancing the development of electrified vehicles since 2002, and more than 300,000 cars on the road today are now powered using GKN eDrive technologies,” said GKN Driveline Senior VP of Technology Dr Ray Kuczera. “Our broad range of systems are designed to be flexible across a range of vehicle applications – the StreetScooter perfectly demonstrates the benefits of GKN’s strategy for vehicle developers.”