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Vitesco Technologies Continues Success Story of Integrated Axle Drive and Delivers to Dongfeng

  • The large Chinese auto group uses the electric drive in the new Dongfeng Yixuan electric passenger car model, marketed in China
  • Integration of a powerful electric motor and highly optimized power electronics in a compact and lightweight unit
  • Fun to drive: The motor delivers 120 kW of power, pushes out up to 260 Nm of torque, but weighs less than 80 kilograms
  • The axle drive is manufactured at the Vitesco Technologies site in Tianjin for the volume market

New electric Yixuan with integrated axle drive

Vitesco Technologies

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Regensburg, Berlin, Nuremberg (Germany), Shanghai, Tianjin (China). August 26, 2020. Vitesco Technologies, a leading international supplier of modern powertrain technologies and electrification solutions, has started the market launch of its fully integrated electric axle drives (EMR3) for Dongfeng Passenger Car Corporation. For Vitesco Technologies this launch is yet another market success and milestone, following the start of production of the EMR3 electric drive for Hyundai and PSA end of 2019.

Dongfeng Passenger Car Corporation uses the axle drive for its brand-new all-electric version of the Yixuan car, a recent passenger car model which belongs to the Chinese A-segment that would internationally be considered a C-segment. At 1.5 tons of mass it offers a top speed of 155 km/h and gives the driver a range of around 400 kilometers calculated on the base of the NEDC. The axle drive, supplied to Dongfeng Passenger Car Corporation, integrates a powerful electric motor and a highly optimized power electronics in a compact and lightweight unit.
 
„We greatly appreciate the trust Dongfeng Passenger Car Corporation is placing in Vitesco Technologies. We see this decision to utilize our innovative technology as a recognition of our many years of local presence in China, where we are a well-proven business partner. Of course, the contract reflects our exceptional level of electrification expertise.“
– Thomas Stierle, Executive Vice President Electrification Technology at Vitesco Technologies

Vitesco Technologies produces the electric axle drive system in China, currently the world’s largest and fastest-growing market for electric vehicles, and near to its customers. This will enable Vitesco Technologies not only to serve its customers better, but also to showcase the Tianjin plant’s experience in the field of electric drive technologies. Highly automated production lines at the plant allow for large production volumes to be built to the highest quality standards. Product development has been done at the Vitesco Technologies locations in Berlin, Nuremberg (Germany) as well as in Shanghai and Tianjin (China).

 

First Chinese customer of the electric axle drive for Vitesco Technologies

„Our decision to use the integrated axle drive of Vitesco Technologies is based on the conviction that this is a win-win situation for both companies. Working together we will be better able to address the Chinese electric passenger car mass market and further promote clean mobility in China.“
– Liangyu WAN, head of Purchasing, Dongfeng Passenger Car Corporation
Best-in-class power density, size, weight and integration


Vitesco Technologies has a decade of experience with manufacturing electric drives since the first market launch in 2011. The new highly integrated generation offers attractive features within its power segment: The Dongfeng Passenger Car Corporation version of the EMR3 delivers 120 kW of power, pushes out up to 260 Nm of torque but weighs less than 80 kilograms and is a highly compact, fully validated system that is easily designed-in to an electric vehicle.

“The EMR3 is developed for the electric vehicle volume market. It meets minimal space requirements, it helps to bring down the weight of a new energy vehicle, reduces cabling complexity, and it is fun to drive”, says Gregoire Cuny, head of Vitesco Technologies in China. “Based on many years of continuous development and optimization, the integrated axle drive is now just as much a proven technology as it is highly innovative, plus it helps to make electric mobility more affordable.”
 
In December of 2019 the fully integrated axle drive of Vitesco Technologies won the “Automotive Technology Innovation Award” which was announced at the twelfth International Automotive Technology Annual Conference (IAC) and Automotive Innovation Technology Awards Ceremony, held in Shanghai. The award was co-initiated by a German automotive media group and the prestigious school of Automotive Engineering, Aachen University of Technology, Germany.
 
Vitesco Technologies: Focus on electrification
 
Today, Vitesco Technologies is one of the few automotive systems suppliers to offer complete electrification systems from a single source. The company’s portfolio ranges from 48-volt electrification technologies and key components for hybrid drives to full battery-electric drive systems.
 
The first highly integrated electric axle drive system enters volume production in China and Europe.
The first highly integrated electric axle drive system enters volume production in China and Europe.
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The Chinese auto group Dongfeng Passenger Car Corporation uses the integrated axle drive from Vitesco Technologies in its new electric passenger car model Yixuan.
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The Dongfeng Passenger Car Corporation version of the EMR3 delivers 120 kW of power, pushes out up to 260 Nm of torque but weighs less than 80 kilograms and is a highly compact, fully validated system that is easily designed-in to an electric vehicle.
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The stator with its twisted I-pins (winding heads) is, together with the rotor, one of the two main components of the motor of the Integrated Axle Drive EMR3 from Vitesco Technologies. The product was developed in Berlin and Nuremberg as well as in Shanghai and Tianjin.
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Fine balancing of the EMR3 rotor: Since the motor runs at very high speeds, this step is of central importance for the integrated axle drive.
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The axle drive EMR3 is manufactured at the Vitesco Technologies site in Tianjin (China) for the volume market.
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Prototype of the Integrated Axle Drive (EMR3) from Vitesco Technologies: This picture shows how the connection current rails of the stator are brazed.
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