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GKN unveils two-speed transmission BEV

By Simon Warburton | 27 February 2019

GKN Automotive has unveiled what it maintains is the world's first battery electric vehicle (BEV) with a two-speed transmission and torque vectoring.

Based on a standard Jeep Renegade, the GTD19 demonstrator vehicle is undergoing extensive testing at GKN's annual winter testing programme in Arjeplog, Sweden and showcases how automakers can use drivetrain innovations to achieve industry-leading standards of efficiency and safety.

The GTD19 is equipped with an optimised two-speed 'Seamless shift' eTransmission and smart shifting strategy, which has the potential to extend vehicle range as well as provide greater torque, acceleration and a higher top speed.

Efficiency is further enhanced by the GTD19's eAxle's coaxial format, while stability and dynamic performance is possible thanks to the torque vectoring capability of GKN's eTwinster system.

"This new technology demonstrator showcases how we are evolving and improving integrated eDrive technologies to help OEMs further improve efficiency, safety and driving dynamics," said GKN ePowertrain COO, Hannes Prenn.

"Within the last year, we have seen a 40% increase in the value of our eDrive order book, rising from GBP2bn at the end of 2017 to confirmed business now worth GBP3bn.

"Our focus on production and development of electrified drivelines will enable us to support the rapid acceleration in demand for BEVs equipped with all-wheel drive systems in the coming years."