28 Nov '16, 2pm

GKN expands electric all-wheel drive program with BMW; eAxle for PHEV X1 in China

GKN expands electric all-wheel drive program with BMW; eAxle for PHEV X1 in China 28 November 2016 GKN Driveline is expanding its global electric axle (eAxle) drive partnership with the BMW Group, supplying eAxle technology for a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW X1 for the Chinese market. The system is part of the same scalable family of eAxles used in the plug-in hybrid BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 225xe (earlier post ). Early adopters of GKN’s electric axle drive used the technology to create plug-in hybrid sports cars with electric all-wheel drive that enhanced performance and efficiency. Automakers are now equipping a new generation of compact vehicles with GKN electric drive technology. The system will be supplied from GKN’s facility in Bruneck, Italy, but application and development work for the technology was conducted by GKN’s operations in Shanghai, China. For comp...

Full article: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2016/11/20161128-gkn.html

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