New Delhi: The British engineering firm pioneering in electric drive systems, GKN Automotive, said it will ramp up development of its next-generation electric powertrain hardware, because of the increasing demand for EVs.
It will accelerate production of new ‘eDrive’ technologies using 800V electrics, which allows for faster charging times, increased driving range and higher levels of performance, the company said in a release on Wednesday.
The company’s eDrive system has been in use for more than 20 years and already powers more than 1.5 million vehicles worldwide, with systems found in both electric and hybrid vehicles, the release said.
“Global demand for EVs is accelerating fast, and now is the perfect time for GKN Automotive to underpin its leadership in eDrive systems through next-generation technologies. These high-tech 800V systems will create faster charging cars with better battery range, improved driving performance and even greater efficiencies,” Liam Butterworth, CEO, GKN Automotive, said.
“GKN Automotive intends to continue delivering an increasingly electrified future,” he added.
GKN Automotive said the future 800V systems are in an advanced stage of development and are currently being tested in real-world conditions. It believes improved efficiencies “could lead to car makers opting to use smaller batteries to reduce vehicle cost, complexity and weight”.
Development is being supported by the firm’s partnership with the Jaguar Racing team in Formula E, where testing helps to improve several system capabilities, the release added.
“Constant testing to improve efficiency, performance and extending the range of batteries in the ultra-competitive world of electric motorsport creates a direct link from race to road,” the firm said.
“Cutting-edge developments currently being developed for Jaguar Racing will likely be available on near-future road cars in just three years,” the company added.
The move forward comes after GKN Automotive announced the decision to close its Birmingham factory back in January, resulting in the loss of 519 jobs.
The company operates in 20 countries, and employs around 27,500 people worldwide.