Vehicle architecture and integration
The consensus is that the optimum architecture for larger hybrids is an “axle-split” or “through-the-road” hybrid. The engine typically drives the front axle, an e-machine drives the rear, with the two power sources blending through the road.
Hybridizing a vehicle’s secondary axle makes integration simpler and hybrids more competitive – automakers can offer consumers the safety, performance and efficiency of electric all-wheel drive.
GKN ePowertrain pioneered the development of electric driveline systems for axle-split vehicles, building on its all-wheel drive system integration expertise.
Groundbreaking cars such as the BMW i8, Porsche 918 Spyder and Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine run on GKN ePowertrain technology.
Systems integration expertise
GKN ePowertrain works closely with automakers to ensure their electric drivelines deliver the performance drivers demand.
The company’s systems integration expertise and software development capabilities produce driving experiences that are transforming the perception of electric vehicles.
From hybrid supercars to premium plug-in hybrid SUVs, GKN ePowertrain brings the additional systems integration experience that major programmes need to succeed.
GKN ePowertrain knows how to put electic power onto the road in the most effective way possible – and understands how the system interacts with the complete vehicle architecture. Its know-how improves acoustics and driving refinement – and ensures systems have a positive impact on the customer’s manufacturing processes.
The targets for the Porsche 918 Spyder programme were simple: be the fastest road car ever around the Nürburgring and achieve fuel economy of 70mpg. To meet them Porsche engineers chose GKN ePowertrain and its eAxle system.Find out more
The electrification of the drivetrain is evolving, becoming ever more sophisticated. Drivers want electric power but delivered at the right time and in the right way to optimise the performance of their vehicles.Find out more