Serial production of e-motors for hybrid modules, hybrid transmissions, and purely electric axle drives will start this year. The basis for the e-motors produced by Schaeffler is a modular and highly integrated technology platform.
In addition to various series orders for e-motors in the passenger car sector, the company has recently reached another important milestone. Schaeffler entered the market segment for heavy-duty applications in the truck sector and announced a series order for electric motors with shaft winding technology, which is characterized by advantages in assembly and high power density.
For dedicated hybrid transmissions, Schaeffler received a record order - as already communicated last year - and will supply an entire drive unit with two e-motors and power electronics integrated into the transmission from 2024. With a system output of 120 kW, sporty driving performance is possible with low fuel consumption.
Schaeffler supplies technologies for all electrified powertrains. The electric axle drives as an important component of entire electric axle systems have already been in series production since 2017 and ensure the optimum transmission ratio and power transmission from the electric motor to the wheels.
The range of possible applications: In the Audi e-tron, Schaeffler electric axle drives are used in different designs on both axles for all-wheel drive. In the Porsche Taycan, a highly efficient coaxial e-axle transmission from Schaeffler ensures the correct transmission ratio on the front axle. With the coaxial electric axle drive, Schaeffler was able to win the PACE Award 2020, which is regarded worldwide in the industry as a benchmark for successful automotive projects. In the meantime, Schaeffler has also been able to win orders for entire so-called »3in1 e-axles«, which combine the electric motor, transmission, and power electronics in one system.
Following the establishment of a dedicated business unit at the beginning of 2018, Schaeffler's consistent commitment to e-mobility is now showing success. This includes numerous series nominations across all levels of electrification. »"We have successfully completed the transformation to a drive supplier in the field of sustainable e-mobility and established ourselves as a reliable partner for our customers,« says Matthias Zink, Member of the Schaeffler Board of Managing Directors for Automotive Technologies. Schaeffler's expertise at the component and system level is what sets it apart.
Schaeffler has gradually expanded its expertise in e-mobility in recent years through targeted strategic acquisitions. For example, since the acquisition of Elmotec-Statomat at the end of 2018 and the expertise in winding technology acquired with it, the entire industrialization of e-motors can be seamlessly represented within the company. Schaeffler already acquired Compact Dynamics, a development specialist in the field of innovative electric drive concepts, in 2016. In addition, the Schaeffler Paravan Technologie joint venture is developing a key technology for autonomous driving with the Space Drive steer-by-wire system.
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