New GKN Driveline electric drive module supports small car hybridization

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GKN Driveline has developed a complete electric drive system for plug-in hybrid vehicles, which will be put into production in 2019 on a global platform for a European OEM.

The new module integrates a water-cooled electric motor and inverter with a single speed eAxle reduction gearbox. It generates a maximum of 65kW of power and can deliver up to 2,000Nm of torque to the rear wheels.

The complete eDrive module measures just 300mm high and 325mm wide and weighs 54kg, making it around 20mm narrower and 2.5kg lighter than comparable systems. GKN’s systems expertise ensures that, despite significant differences in the acoustic signatures of the inverter, motor and gearbox, the overall system delivers a smooth, near silent electric driving experience.

September 20, 2016

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