Electric drive module targets hybrid electric vehicles

Written by: Laura Hopperton | Published:

Schaeffler has introduced a 48V electric drive module for hybrid electric vehicles.

The solution includes a clutch and planetary transmission, which can be placed either on the front or the rear axle of the vehicle.

Scaheffler says the low voltage design reduces cost and drives efficiency. The system also enables recovery and storage of energy during deceleration, which is key in terms of reducing fuel consumption.

The electric drive, which has an output of up to 12kW, acts as the hybrid vehicle's sole source of power when crawling in stop/start traffic.

The electrically generated propulsion of the drive module is also sufficient for driving at low speeds.

In its current configuration, the cylindrical component of the drive module is 235mm in length with a diameter of 165mm.

This means that the module can easily be integrated into the drive train and overall design of the vehicle without any space having to be sacrificed by the boot space or fuel tank.

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