Vehicle architecture and integration

Dynamic architectures

Dynamic architectures

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

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.

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