*eDrive systems GKN Automotive and power electronics specialist Delta Electronics begin strategic collaboration
* Milestone relationship will accelerate delivery of scalable, next-generation 3-in-1 eDrive systems
* New integrated eDrive systems currently in development will enter production within three years to continue addressing a sizeable and rapidly expanding market
GKN Automotive, the world’s supplier of electric drive, all-wheel drive and driveline technology and systems, and Delta Electronics a world-class provider of power and thermal management solutions announced their collaboration on the joint development that will enable the rapid acceleration of next generation integrated 3-in-1 eDrive systems of power classes from 80kW to 155kW.
The joint development of advanced eDrive technology will see inverters supplied by Delta Electronics integrated with GKN Automotive’s eMotor and gearbox systems in a 3-in-1 solution. Further aligning the two companies is a shared dedication to systems weight and packaging volume reduction, and a focus on simplifying OEM assembly processes for easier and better-quality component installations. The collaboration between these two industry companies will significantly increase their technical capabilities and accelerate time to market.
Liam Butterworth, CEO of GKN Automotive, said: “The eDrive market continues to accelerate as manufacturers are required to meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations demanding technological progression and speed. Our collaboration with Delta represents a significant milestone in the expansion of our portfolio of scalable, integrated 3-in-1 eDrive solutions and our capabilities in rapidly bringing new cost competitive technologies to market.”
Simon Chang, COO of Delta Electronics added: “Delta is dedicated to enabling low-carbon green transportation by providing EV powertrain solutions and power electronics products, including traction inverters, traction motors, on-board chargers, DC/DC converters, and EV charging solutions to the market. We’re pleased to work with the company GKN Automotive to produce integrated eDrive units for the next generation of electric and hybrid vehicles.”
GKN Automotive has an unparalleled 17 years of eDrive development and integration expertise which has resulted in the production of more than one million eDrive units to date, and a rapidly expanding order book. Delta Electronics has nearly 50 years of expertise in power electronics and is currently supporting the world’s EV makers with its quality and comprehensive product portfolios. The partnership will further strengthen GKN Automotive’s position as the industry’s full-system electric powertrain supplier while boosting Delta Electronics position as a dominant force in the design, development and supply of EV powertrain solutions and power electronics products.
The new collaboration will centre on the development of two new integrated eDrive families for application across different torque classes for the next generation of hybrid and electric vehicles. Within three years, the new 3-in-1 eDrive units will be available for start of production in a multitude of vehicle types, from A-segment city cars to D-segment executive cars and SUVs, supporting a range of torque outputs from 2,000 Nm to 3,800 Nm, with nominal power outputs of between 80 kW to 155 kW. These solutions will cover a large proportion of the future eDrive market, which is projected to be worth more than £12 billion by 2030*.
About GKN Automotive’s eDrive business
GKN Automotive has pioneered the advancement of eDrive technologies since 2002, developing unrivalled systems integration and production capabilities. This started with transmissions, then 2-in-1 eMotor and transmission systems, through to fully integrated 3-in-1 eMotor, gearbox and inverter systems. GKN Automotive is launching five semi-integrated 2-in-1 and 3-in-1 eDrive series production projects in China and Europe for volume OEMs over the next 12 months.
GKN Automotive eDrive systems can easily be applied to either the front or rear axle and configured for two- or four-wheel drive set-ups. They are capable of providing either full-electric power, or hybrid-electric power to support an existing internal combustion engine. Their compact setup with electric motor, gearbox and inverter all in one housing is optimised to suppress noise and vibrations, delivering greater refinement and efficiency than powertrains incorporating separately packaged elements.
GKN Automotive’s eDrive experience is proven through its support of numerous manufacturers, including BMW, Mitsubishi, Jaguar Land Rover, Peugeot, Porsche and Volvo, to evolve their line-ups of electric and hybrid vehicles.
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