At the Frankfurt motor show GKN Driveline is presenting Integrated eDrive electric axle system 'eTwinsterX', which is adaptable for use in fully electric or hybrid applications.
New eAxle offers three key advantages over conventional electric drivelines. Starting with the design, the integrated coaxial format means that the electric drive unit can be significantly smaller than other systems with equivalent power outputs. As such it can be adapted for use any vehicle type, from city cars to luxury plug-in hybrid SUVs, whether front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The technologies within the eTwinsterX system also mean that it is the first eAxle in the world that has full off-road capabilities.
A two-speed transmission optimises gear changes for the efficiency and delivers seamless shift performance. A further dynamic advantage is that the new eAxle incorporates 'Twinster' torque vectoring technology and delivers significant advantages for vehicle stability, agility and safety.
Peter Moelgg, CEO of GKN Driveline's AWD and eDrive business, said: "eTwinsterX will deliver unrivalled capabilities for the next generation of electric vehicles. It takes multiple award-winning elements from our GKN driveline portfolio and applies the principles in a single state-of-the-art electrified system. GKN is unique in being able to deliver an integrated e-motor, two-speed electrified transmission and torque vectoring within a complete eAxle system. GKN's capability as a complete systems integration partner will also allow us to calibrate eTwinsterX to deliver fully brand-aligned experiences for our OEM customers around the globe."