American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AAM), Detroit, Michigan, USA, is set to receive $5 million in funding from the US Department of Energy to advance the development of its electric drive technology at its Advanced Technology and Development Center at its Detroit campus.
The cooperative agreement from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), on behalf of the Vehicle Technologies Office, is funding research projects in advanced batteries and electrification; advanced engine and fuel technologies, including technologies for off-road applications and alternative-fueled engines; lightweight materials; new mobility technologies (energy efficient mobility systems) and alternative fuels technology demonstrations.
AAM will use the funding to further the development of a low cost, high-performance, heavy rare earth-free 3-in-1 electric drive unit. This unit integrates power electronics with the electric motor and gearbox, a design which reportedly achieves industry-leading power density, performance and cost competitiveness.
“AAM is keenly focused on advancing innovations that further enhance the efficiency, performance and affordability of battery electric and hybrid vehicles,” stated David C Dauch, chairman and CEO at AAM. “We believe demand for sustainable propulsion systems will continue to grow in all vehicle segments. We are honoured that the Department of Energy recognised the potential of AAM’s electric drive technology to power a wide range of low and zero-emission vehicle applications and look forward to advancing these developments with their support.”
Electric Drive by AAM is a suite of electric propulsion solutions that are scalable for all hybrid and battery electric vehicle segments from value-oriented mini vehicles to high-performance luxury crossovers/passenger cars and light trucks/SUVs. The systems leverage AAM’s knowledge in the design, engineering, analysis, testing and manufacturing of advanced driveline systems to engineer compact, quiet and efficient drive units that are able to meet the most demanding customer requirements.
AAM was one of six Michigan projects to receive funding from the Department of Energy.