GKN and Delta Electronics collaborate on next-generation eDrives

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GKN Automotive, a supplier of electric drive, all-wheel drive and driveline technology and systems, has announced a collaboration with Delta Electronics, a provider of power and thermal management systems. The partners will work to advance the development of next-generation integrated ‘3-in-1’ eDrive systems of power classes from 80kW to 155kW.

The eDrive project will see inverters supplied by Delta Electronics integrated with GKN Automotive’s eMotor and gearbox systems in a 3-in-1 solution, with a focus on reducing system weight and packaging volume, as well as simplifying OEM assembly processes for easier and improved component installations.

The 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. The partners state that within three years, the 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 2,000Nm to 3,800Nm, with nominal power outputs of between 80kW to 155kW.

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.”

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