Vehicle architecture and integration
Putting the electric power closer to the wheels improves efficiency. The consensus is that the optimum architecture for future hybrids is an “axle-split” or “through-the-road” hybrid.
The engine typically drives the front axle and the e-machine drives the rear, with the two power sources blending through the road. Hybridizing a vehicle’s secondary axle makes integration simpler and hybrids more competitive, enabling automakers to offer consumers worldwide the additional reassurance, performance and efficiency of electric all-wheel drive.
Building on the company’s long history of rear-wheel drive optimization and all-wheel drive system integration expertise, GKN has pioneered the development of electric driveline systems for axle-split vehicles from the outset, developing technologies for groundbreaking cars such as the BMW i8, Porsche 918 Spyder and Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine.
Systems integration expertise
GKN works closely with its customers to ensure they get the performance they demand from their electric drivelines.
Our systems integration expertise, aligned with our software development capabilities, enables us to produce highly efficient, intelligent technologies that are transforming the perception of electric vehicles. From the first hybrid supercar to the first premium plug-in hybrid SUV, our systems integration experience is helping to set us apart.
We not only know how to put electic power to the road in the most effective way possible, but how the system interacts with all of the elements of the vehicle's architecture. We consider the overall driving experience, including acoustics and driving refinement, as well as how our systems positively impact our customers' manufacturing processes.
The targets for the Porsche 918 Spyder programme were simple: be the fastest road car ever around the Nürburgring and achieve fuel economy of 70mpg. To meet them Porsche engineers chose GKN and its eAxle system.Find out more
The electrification of the drivetrain is evolving, becoming ever more sophisticated. Drivers want electric power but delivered at the right time and in the right way to optimise the performance of their vehicles.Find out more