Fu­ture driv­e­trains on show

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

AT the In­ter­na­tional Sup­pli­ers Fair (IZB) be­ing held in Wolfs­burg, Ger­many, this week, GKN Driv­e­line is show­cas­ing its lat­est elec­tric driv­e­line tech­nolo­gies.

Joachim Seu­bert, vice pres­i­dent of the Ger­man ve­hi­cle cus­tomer group at GKN, said the group’s sys­tems al­ready fea­ture in BMW, Daim­ler and VW.

He said GKN has been ad­vanc­ing the de­vel­op­ment of elec­tri­fied ve­hi­cles since 2002 and more than 300 000 cars on the road con­tain GKN eDrive tech­nolo­gies to­day.

At IZB, the com­pany will show­case the tech­nol­ogy help­ing to pro­pel some of the world’s most ex­cit­ing elec­tric and hy­brid ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing the elec­tric axle (eAxle) launched on the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin En­gine, the world’s first hy­brid pre­mium SUV. The new sys­tem which makes its de­but in the Volvo XC90 de­liv­ers new lev­els of torque in a sig­nif­i­cantly smaller pack­age, sav­ing space and mak­ing in­te­gra­tion into global ve­hi­cle plat­forms sim­pler, while also en­hanc­ing drive­abil­ity.

GKN will also show­case the eAxle on the re­cently launched BMW Ac­tive Tourer 225xe, de­signed for in­te­gra­tion into C-seg­ment ve­hi­cles, as well as sys­tems that fea­ture on iconic ve­hi­cles such as the BMW i8 and Porsche 918 Spyder.

Mean­while, GKN will give an in­sight into eDrive tech­nol­ogy of the fu­ture by demon­strat­ing its eTwin­ster concept, which brings torque vec­tor­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties to elec­tri­fied ve­hi­cles.

GKN will also demon­strate how it is re­mov­ing the fuel penalty nor­mally as­so­ci­ated with AWD through its in­tel­li­gent con­nect sys­tem.

GKN’s tech­nol­ogy re­acts to road con­di­tions and driver in­puts to switch seam­lessly be­tween two-wheel drive and AWD as re­quired. The tech­nol­ogy is utilised on ve­hi­cles such as the Range Rover Evoque, Jeep Rene­gade and Fiat 500X, re­duc­ing emis­sions and re­duc­ing driv­ers’ time at the pump.

Mean­while, the Twin­ster AWD sys­tem on the Ford Fo­cus RS will be on dis­play, high­light­ing GKN’s abil­ity to tune the Twin­ster ac­cord­ing to brand’s spe­cific re­quire­ments.


GKN will also show its Pace Award­win­ning VL3 side shaft at IZB, which is lighter, more ef­fi­cient and smaller than com­pet­ing sys­tems, yet de­liv­ers more torque to the wheels.

The tech­nol­ogy has launched on the BMW 7 Se­ries and can save over four kilo­grams per car set.

This will be com­ple­mented by an se­lec­tion of GKN pro­duc­tion-ready and pro­to­type side-shaft and prop-shaft tech­nolo­gies. — Wheels Re­porter.


Com­pact and light­weight, GKN’s eAxle re­places most of what now oc­cu­pies the space un­der a car’s floor pan and hood.

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