The Schaeffler Group has developed a car which it says is ‘full of ideas’ on electric mobility.
The firm says that the ‘Schaeffler Hybrid’ is part of an advance development project that enables a practical comparison of the various options available for e-mobility to be made.
The Schaeffler Hybrid has a volume produced combustion engine from a basic vehicle, augmented by a central electric motor and two wheel hub motors.
“Presenting various concepts with informative comparisons as well as realistic testing played a decisive role in the implementation of the Schaeffler Hybrid,” says Prof. Dr. Peter Gutzmer, Member of the Executive Management Board responsible for technical development at the Schaeffler Group.
Schaeffler says the various elements can each be switched on and off and comprise a wide range of various driving conditions. These options range from classic operation using a combustion engine, operation as a parallel hybrid or serial hybrid to operation using the electric motor only.
The combustion engine can power the vehicle and also be coupled for use as a range extender. An automated manual transmission increases the options available. The transmission incorporates clutch products matched to the requirements of hybrid vehicles from the Schaeffler brand LuK.
The energy store, which is a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery (400 V, 400 A), is charged by means of energy recovery, the range extender as well as via an external power supply (plug-in hybrid).
“Another important aspect of this advance development project are the linked development activities of the Schaeffler brands,” says Peter Gutzmer. Specifically, these are INA, LuK, FAG as well as IDAM and AFT.
“The ‘Schaeffler Hybrid’ will not go into volume production,” says Gutzmer, “rather it serves as a vehicle of ideas. For example, with the “CO2ncept-10%” based on a Porsche Cayenne, we successfully demonstrated advantages in fuel consumption and emissions by reducing friction in the drive train. With the Schaeffler Hybrid, we want to demonstrate that the Schaeffler Group takes a holistic approach to mobility and offers innovative products for e-mobility solutions in its portfolio”.