Vitesco Technologies, the former powertrain division of Continental, announced it has signed agreements with Groupe PSA and Hyundai to supply its first fully integrated electric axle drive system for various volume-production models. Production of the new electric drive system at Vitesco Technologies plant in Tianjin, China, has begun.
“I am very excited to announce that two leading vehicle manufacturers have chosen Vitesco Technologies—to produce innovative electric drive unit to power their electric volume-production models,” said Andreas Wolf, CEO of Vitesco Technologies. “Our new integrated axle drive unit and our extensive experience in electrifying drive units have made Vitesco Technologies the partner of choice for carmakers striving to be at the forefront of e-mobility.”
Groupe PSA has selected Vitesco Technologies’ new electric drive system for its e-CMP modular electric platform, which compact battery electric vehicle models such as the Peugeot e-208 and Opel Corsa-e will be built on. The two models Hyundai is equipping with Vitesco Technologies’ electric drive system are the Encino compact SUV and the Lafesta sedan. In addition, other vehicle manufacturers have chosen Vitesco Technologies to supply drive systems for battery electric cars that are planned to launch over the next 12 months. The electric axle drive system will also power German startup Sono Motors’ Sion battery electric vehicle.
Vitesco Technologies says its engineers have improved the interaction between the system’s individual components: electric motor, power electronics, and transmission. These improvements reportedly result in a drive system that is lighter, more compact, and cost-effective. The new module—whose electric motor and power electronics are liquid-cooled—weighs less than 80 kg (176 lb). It also features a new transmission-integrated electric parking lock function. In addition, through the intelligent combination and integration of the system’s individual components, numerous connectors and cables were removed, cutting costs even further.
“We offer our highly integrated electric axle drive system in power ratings from 100 up to 150 kW,” said Thomas Stierle, head of the Hybrid Electric Vehicle business unit at Vitesco Technologies. “With a maximum output of 150 kW and maximum torque of 310 Nm, the more powerful version is comparable with a conventional 2-L turbodiesel engine, offering best-in-class power density, size, and weight.”