Formerly known as the Continental Powertrain Unit, Vitesco Technologies has announced agreements with Groupe PSA and Hyundai to supply the first fully integrated electric axle drive system. Agreements with two leading OEMs underscore Vitesco Technologies' leadership in intelligent solutions to meet all electrification needs. Vitesco Technologies in Tientsin, China started production of the new electric drive system.
Vitesco Technologies CEO Andreas Wolf said: “I am very excited to announce that they have chosen Vitesco Technologies for the electric vehicle models that two leading vehicle manufacturers will produce. Our new integrated axle driving unit and extensive experience in the field of electric drive units have made Vitesco Technologies the preferred partner of car manufacturers that aim to be the leader in e-mobility. Thanks to our advanced technology, electric vehicles are becoming common. ” said.
Groupe PSA; He chose Vitesco Technologies' new electric drive system for the e-CMP modular electric platform where compact battery powered electric vehicle models such as Peugeot e-208 and Opel Corsa will be mounted. Hyundai Motor Corporation has also chosen Vitesco Technologies as its supplier through its joint venture Beijing Hyundai. With this cooperation, Encino compact SUV and Lafesta sedan models will be equipped with an electric driving system. In addition, other vehicle manufacturers have chosen Vitesco Technologies for battery powered electric cars that they plan to release in the next 12 months. The innovative electric axle driving system will also be used in the Sion battery powered electric vehicle of the German start-up company Sono Motors.
Years of experience in electrification of powertrain
Vitesco Technologies has become a key partner of major car manufacturers thanks to more than ten years of experience in electrification. The company's long-established and committed efforts in the field of electric mobility solutions are based on 2006. This electric drive system was introduced in 2011, and was first used in Renault Zoe, Fluence and Kangoo models. Vitesco Technologies' experience and deep expertise in the field of electric drive systems is now being used to launch the innovative third generation electric axle drive system.
Two different power ratings, best-in-class power density, size and weight
Engineers specializing in systems and electronic components have increased interaction between system components such as electric motors, power electronics and transmission transmissions. As a result of these improvements, a lighter, compact and cost-effective driving system emerged. The new module, whose electric motor and power electronics are liquid-cooled, weighs less than 80 kg. There is also a new electric parking lock function integrated in the transmission. Thanks to the intelligent combination and integration of the system components, a large number of connectors and cables could be removed, further reducing costs.
"We have launched our highly integrated electric axle drive system at 100 - 150 kW power ratings," said Thomas Stierle, Vitesco Technologies Hybrid Electric Vehicles Division President. Powerful model comparable to conventional 150 liter turbo diesel engine with 310 kW maximum output power and 2 Nm maximum torque value; best in class in terms of power density, size and weight. ”
Focal point electric and full electric technologies
Vitesco Technologies preferred China in the production of this new electric axle drive system, due to its proximity to its customers and still the world's largest and fastest growing electric vehicles market. In this way, the company will be able to serve its customers better and benefit from the experience of the Tientsin factory in the electric driving technologies industry. The factory's highly automated production lines make it possible to achieve high production volumes at the best quality standards.
Today, Vitesco Technologies is one of the few system providers that can offer complete electrification systems from a single source. The company's product portfolio ranges from basic components for 48-volt electrification technologies and hybrid drives to full battery powered drive systems.
Also in the Wolf statement, “In the future, we will allocate more internal resources to these areas by giving more weight to electric and full electric technologies in our investment strategy. In this way, we significantly strengthen our expertise in electronics. ” said.
Vitesco Technologies is the international developer and manufacturer of the most modern powertrain technologies with the goal of sustainable mobility. With intelligent system solutions for electric, hybrid and internal combustion powertrains, Vitesco Technologies makes mobility clean, efficient and cost effective. The product range includes electric power transmission systems, electronic control units, sensors and actuators, as well as exhaust gas control solutions. Vitesco Technologies, a Continental AG company, reached a record sales figure of 2018 billion EUR in 50 with over 40.000 employees in nearly 7,7 locations worldwide. Vitesco Technologies is headquartered in Regensburg, Germany.