In response to growing demand from niche electric vehicle manufacturers and EV conversion companies for modular electric drive technology, GKN Automotive, a supplier of drive systems, has developed a ‘plug-and-play’ eDrive concept.
Named eCrate, the concept is billed as a cost-effective modular electric drive system, and is available in three versions, the first of which could be available in 2025. Prospective customers can select from a 113kW 2-in-1 combination system (motor and transmission) or a fully integrated 3-in-1 system comprising an electric machine, transmission and inverter, in a choice of 113kW or 185kW output.
GKN says the systems are suitable for various purposes, including small to large cars and light commercial vehicles in series production, with a price and simplicity that can help start-ups and established low-volume manufacturers accelerate their transition to full electrification.
Dirk Kesselgruber, chief technology officer at GKN Automotive, said of the concept: “We have spent the last 20 years producing leading eDrive technologies for global vehicle manufacturers, enabling them to drive the electric revolution. Based closely on our existing technology, our new eCrate concept will bring this technology to even more customers looking for high-quality and cost-effective electric drive units in a plug-and-play format.”