Our heritage

The leader in complete all-wheel drive and eDrive systems since 2002, GKN ePowertrain’s technology has an unmatched track record for delivering complete, fully integrated AWD and eDrive systems.

More than 750,000 hybrid and electric vehicles are on the road today using GKN ePowertrain technology. Many more use our all-wheel drive technologies and systems.

GKN ePowertrain technology has pioneered the development and industrialization of eAxle drives, or eDrives, for use in plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles. It has also driven the introduction of all-wheel drive systems with Disconnect and torque vectoring functions that deliver significant improvements in the vehicle’s emissions and dynamic response.

Key dates 2002 - 2011

2002 Nissan Cube launched with a GKN ePowertrain "e4WD" system. The small eDrive module on the rear axle provided additional traction and improved efficiency. 

2002 First complete all-wheel drive systems supplied to GM Sigma platform, the Chrysler minivan and the Fiat Panda 4x4.

2007 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid features the world’s first dedicated hybrid transmission, an eTransmission built by GKN ePowertrain.

2011 Acquisition of Getrag’s all-wheel drive operations recognized key strategic role all-wheel drive would play in driving experiences and future hybridization strategies. The move positioned GKN ePowertrain as the leading supplier and development partner for advanced drivetrains.

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Key dates 2011 - 2013

2011 Range Rover Evoque launches, featuring GKN ePowertrain’s Disconnect technology and Twinster torque vectoring system.

2012 Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, the world's first mass production diesel-electric hybrid, uses a GKN ePowertrain eDrive. The system supports the vehicle’s four different operating modes, including four-wheel drive and zero-emission modes.

2013 GKN ePowertrain named Official Porsche Technology Partner in recognition of its contribution to groundbreaking 2013 Porsche 918 eSpyder plug-in hybrid super car.

2013 Fiat 500e, sold in limited numbers in key US cities, emerged as one of the most critically acclaimed vehicles in the segment. The lightweight, dynamic pure electric vehicle, which uses an 85kW eDrive from GKN ePowertrain, quickly sold out in California.

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Ket Facts 2014 - 2018

2014 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car features the world’s first two-speed eDrive system, another game-changing innovation from GKN ePowertrain.

2014 Volvo XC90, the first of a new generation of Volvos built on the company’s Scalable Product Architecture, with all-wheel drive and eDrive modules developed in partnership with GKN ePowertrain.

2014 Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade launch, using common GKN ePowertrain all-wheel drive systems with software producing differentiated driving experiences.

2016 Ford Focus RS launched featuring world’s first Drift Mode, a function and an innovative all-wheel drive system

2018 GKN ePowertrain supplies eDrive for new generation electric London taxi.

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