GKN Automotive, a supplier of electric drive technology and systems, and Delta Electronics, a provider of power and thermal management solutions, are jointly working on next-generation integrated 3-in-1 eDrive systems of power classes of 80-155kW.
Delta Electronics inverters will be integrated with GKN Automotive’s eMotor and gearbox systems in a 3-in-1 solution, but also, the two will cooperate on reducing systems weight and packaging volumes, as well as simplifying OEM assembly processes for easier and better-quality component installations.
“The eDrive market continues to accelerate as manufacturers are required to meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations demanding technological progression and speed,” said Liam Butterworth, CEO of GKN Automotive.
The new 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. Within three years, the new 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 2,000-3,800Nm. These solutions will cover a large proportion of the future eDrive market, which is valued at over £12bn by 2030.
Image: The joint development agreement was signed by Mr. James Tang, Delta’s VP and GM of its Electric Vehicle Solutions Business Group (2nd from right), and Mr. Hannes Prenn, COO of GKN Automotive’s ePowertrain business (2nd from left). Mr. Simon Chang, Delta’s COO (1st from right) and Mr. Liam Butterworth, GKN Automotive’s CEO (1st from left), led the ceremony.