Future drivetrains on show
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.