GKN readies new 2-speed e-axle for 2020
- Magazine Article
Driveline-enhancement technology is hot these days, with Tier 1s rolling out new axle-disconnect, electric axle and light-weighting innovations in rapid cadence. In the vanguard of this trend is
Now comes eTwinsterX, which leverages those learnings and integrates a compact 2-speed transmission into a unit aimed at broad vehicle applications-from city cars to plug-in SUVs, high-performance hybrids and EVs and the upcoming wave of electrified light trucks in North America. The system is engineered for front-drive, rear-drive and all-wheel drive configurations and is claimed to be the first e-axle that is fully off-road capable. It can incorporate electric motors from 80 to 120 kW (107 to 161 hp) and peak torque to 147 lb·ft (200 N·m).