EDrive means big things for the future of electric vehicles. It was developed by the same company that provided the Ford Focus RS with Drift Mode.
GKN Automotive, a global leader in drive systems, is highly respected in the automotive world. Many of the company’s engineering feats include the rear-wheel-drive all-wheel drive system found in models such as the Jaguar F-Type R convertible, as well as the AWD system for the Ford Focus RS launched in 2016, which allowed it to operate in Drift mode. But as electrification spreads rapidly, GKN’s business has expanded to include eDrive systems.
The company’s new 2-in-1 eDrive has been designed to be particularly compact and lightweight, making it ideal for use in the charming new Fiat 500 electric city car. Integrated 2-in-1 is smaller, lighter, more efficient and more economical than systems with separate components. The vehicle also has an Electronic Parking System (ePLS), which allows the electric axle to offer a parking lock function.
The eDrive system is equipped with an inverter and the engine can instantly deliver just over 220 Nm of torque, allowing the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / in 9.0 seconds. It can also travel 320 km on the WLTP cycle, which is not bad for a tiny car likely to spend a lot of time in cities where charging stations are easy to find. The GKN electric motor develops 117 horsepower and weighs about 63 kg including oil.
“GKN Automotive is the world leader in eDrive technology and this new system, now fully integrated into this exciting all-electric city car, is proof of that. We are a long-term partner of the world’s leading car manufacturers, working with them to create interesting and environmentally friendly electric vehicles, ”said Dirk Kesselgruber, President of GKN Automotive ePowertrain.
More than 1.5 million vehicles on the road are now equipped with the company’s electrified technology. Besides the efficient GKN drivetrain, the new Fiat 500 is one of the prettiest city cars in the world. It charges up to 80% in just 35 minutes and offers Level 2 autonomous driving. Unfortunately the US won’t get the Fiat 500 with eDrive, but perhaps GKN’s Drive system could find its way into Jaguar’s new electric products.