Drive systems specialist GKN Automotive, is accelerating the development of its next generation eDrive technologies in response to the rapidly increasing global demand for electrified vehicles.
These future systems, utilising and harnessing 800V technology, are already at advanced stages of development and being tested in real-world conditions.
GKN Automotive’s global experts are now working with the leading automotive manufacturers around the world to make the advanced eDrive systems a production reality.
Future eDrive technologies promise many benefits for EV owners including faster charging times and superior performance.
The greater systems efficiencies they bring will also lead to an increased driving range – currently a key obstacle for consumers wanting to make the switch to a battery electric car.
Efficiencies could also lead to car makers opting to use smaller batteries, reducing vehicle cost, complexity, and weight.
GKN Automotive’s rapid development of next generation eDrive systems is being enhanced through working in Formula E as a partner to Jaguar Racing and technology currently being developed for the race team is likely to be available on road cars in about three years.
The technologies span high-volume low-cost vehicles to top end premium cars with complex all-wheel drive driving dynamics.
Liam Butterworth, CEO GKN Automotive, “Global demand for EVs is accelerating fast and now is the perfect time for GKN Automotive to introduce eDrive systems through next-generation technologies.
“These high-tech 800V systems will create faster charging cars with better battery range, improved driving performance and even greater efficiencies. GKN Automotive intends to continue delivering an increasingly electrified future”