Supplier GKN Automotive has shown a new plug and play eDrive concept designed to meet demand from niche electric vehicle makers and EV conversion companies for modular technology.

Chief Technology Officer Dirk Kesselgruber said: “Based closely on our existing technology, our new eCrate concept will bring this to even more customers looking for high quality, cost effective electric drive units in a plug and play format.”

The first of three planned systems “could” be available as early as 2025 GKN said.

Choices are a 113kW two in one combination system (motor and transmission) or a fully integrated three in one comprising electric motor, transmission and inverter with 113kW or 185kW output.

GKN said the system suits small to large cars and light commercial vehicles in mass production.

The concept will make its public debut at the SEMA show in Las Vegas later this month.

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