GKN Driveline’s new eTwinsterX system is designed to be adaptable to any vehicle type, from small electric city cars to plug-in luxury SUVs to electric hypercars, in front-wheel, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations.
GKN says the new eTwinsterX axle offers three advantages over competing electric drivelines. Its coaxial format is significantly smaller than other systems with equivalent power outputs, its two-speed transmission is designed to optimize efficiency, and its Twinster torque vectoring technology offers advantages for vehicle stability, agility and safety.
The new concept, which the company will reveal at the upcoming Frankfurt International Motor Show, showcases GKN’s eDrive packaging expertise. The main elements share a common housing, which not only facilitates compact vehicle chassis applications, but also has clear advantages for assembly lines, where the system can be installed as a single integrated unit instead of several individual components.
GKN envisions working with OEMs to tune the eTwinsterX and set specific parameters for how it performs. For example, it could be set up to prioritize thrilling performance, off-road traction or maximum efficiency, depending on a vehicle’s specific market positioning.
“The new eTwinsterX axle is a combination of GKN Driveline technologies that will deliver unrivalled capabilities for the next generation of electric vehicles,” said Peter Moelgg, CEO of GKN’s AWD and eDrive business. “It takes multiple elements from our driveline portfolio and applies the principles in a single electrified system. Our capability as a complete systems integration partner will allow us to calibrate this eAxle to deliver fully brand-aligned experiences for our OEM customers.”
Source: GKN Driveline