GKN Automotive has reported that it will collaborate with Delta Electronics Inc., a provider of power and thermal management solutions, to develop next-generation integrated 3-in-1 eDrive systems of power classes from 80 kW to 155 kW.
Under the collaboration, Delta will supply inverters for integration with GKN Automotive’s eMotor and gearbox systems in a 3-in-1 solution. The 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 are expected to 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 Nm to 3,800 Nm, with nominal power outputs of between 80 kW to 155 kW.
According to GKN Automotive, it believes this new partnership will strengthenn its position as a leading full-system electric powertrain supplier while boosting Delta’s position as a dominant force in the design, development and supply of EV powertrain solutions and power electronics products.
“The eDrive market continues to accelerate as manufacturers are required to meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations demanding technological progression and speed,” stated Liam Butterworth, CEO of GKN Automotive. “Our collaboration with Delta represents a significant milestone in the expansion of our portfolio of scalable, integrated 3-in-1 eDrive solutions and our capabilities in rapidly bringing new cost-competitive technologies to market.”
Simon Chang, COO of Delta Electronics Inc., commented, “Delta is dedicated to enabling low-carbon green transportation by providing EV powertrain solutions and power electronics products, including traction inverters, traction motors, on-board chargers, DC/DC converters, and EV charging solutions to the market. We’re pleased to work with the leading company GKN Automotive to produce integrated eDrive units for the next generation of electric and hybrid vehicles.”