Vitesco Technologies (the Continental spin-off) says it has started the market launch of its fully integrated electric axle drives (EMR3) for Dongfeng Passenger Car Corporation.

For Vitesco Technologies this launch is yet another market milestone, following the start of production of the EMR3 electric drive for Hyundai and PSA end of 2019.

Dongfeng Passenger Car Corporation uses the axle drive for its brand-new all-electric version of the Yixuan car, a recent passenger car model which belongs to the Chinese A-segment that would internationally be considered a C-segment. At 1.5 tons of mass it offers a top speed of 155 km/h and gives the driver a range of around 400 kilometers calculated on the base of the NEDC.

The axle drive, supplied to Dongfeng Passenger Car Corporation, integrates a powerful electric motor and a highly optimized power electronics in a compact and lightweight unit.

"We greatly appreciate the trust Dongfeng Passenger Car Corporation is placing in Vitesco Technologies. We see this decision to utilize our innovative technology as a recognition of our many years of local presence in China, where we are a well-proven business partner. Of course, the contract reflects our exceptional level of electrification expertise," says Thomas Stierle, Executive Vice President Electrification Technology at Vitesco Technologies.

Vitesco Technologies produces the electric axle drive system in China. This will enable Vitesco Technologies not only to serve its customers better, but also to showcase the Tianjin plant's experience in the field of electric drive technologies. Highly automated production lines at the plant allow for large production volumes to be built to the highest quality standards. Product development has been done at the Vitesco Technologies locations in Berlin, Nuremberg (Germany) as well as in Shanghai and Tianjin (China).

"Our decision to use the integrated axle drive of Vitesco Technologies is based on the conviction that this is a win-win situation for both companies. Working together we will be better able to address the Chinese electric passenger car mass market and further promote clean mobility in China", said Mr. Liangyu WAN, head of Purchasing, Dongfeng Passenger Car Corporation.