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June 24, 2021

GKN supplies eDrive to BEV city car

GKN's shift towards offering more electric drive products continues.

By David Leggett

GKN Automotive says it is supplying its integrated two-in-one eDrive system, including a first in-house developed eMotor, to an all-electric city car now on sale (Fiat 500).

GKN Automotive’s new system is matched to an inverter and is capable of providing up to 220Nm of instantly-available motor torque, allowing the vehicle to sprint from 0-100kms (62mph) in 9.0secs while delivering 320kms (199 miles) of zero-emissions driving.

Dirk Kesselgruber President GKN Automotive ePowertrain said: “GKN Automotive is a global leader in eDrive technologies and this new system, now fully integrated into this exciting all-electric city car, is proof of that. We are the go-to partner for the world’s leading automotive manufacturers, collaborating with them to deliver exciting and sustainable electrified vehicles.”

The new two-in-one integrated eDrive unit incorporates GKN Automotive’s own 87kW motor and delivers an output torque of 2,100Nm in a package that weighs just 62.5kg (including oil). The two-in-one integrated layout is more compact, lighter, more efficient and more cost effective than electric vehicle systems incorporating separate components. It also features an advanced Electronic Park Lock System (ePLS) that allows the electric axle to provide a park lock feature and function, which alleviates the ancillary system from the foundation brakes.

The development of the two-in-one eDrive system is part of GKN Automotive’s long-term electrification strategy. Over 1.5 million vehicles are now on the road with GKN Automotive’s electrified technologies. New models entering the market powered by GKN Automotive’s technologies include four major global groups, encompassing 10 brands, including everything from premium four-wheel drive SUVs to the New Fiat 500 electric city car.

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