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Press Release

Vitesco Technologies is accessing the mass market with modular electric drives

  • Vitesco Technologies offers all drive technologies for electrification from a single source – from 48-volt to high voltages
  • The modular, scalable solution portfolio successfully maps the market requirements and reduces costs
  •  As a pioneer of electrification, the company has already supplied products for more than two million electrified vehicles
  • Vitesco Technologies produces the integrated high-voltage axle drive for more than five manufacturers and for over 20 different vehicle models

Regensburg, March 23, 2021. Vitesco Technologies’ clear electrification strategy, which was communicated at an early stage, meets rapidly growing global market demands. The company covers all applications with its technology mix for all key performance classes, from 48-volt to high-voltage drives.
„We are among the pioneers of drive electrification, we’ve got outstanding systems expertise and we make electrification compatible with the mass market, and affordable. Our extensive industrialization expertise gives our customers security on the way to large-scale production. We have demonstrated this both at 48-volt and at high voltages.“
– Thomas Stierle, Executive Vice President Electrification Technology business unit
With mild 48-volt hybridization, Vitesco Technologies is a pioneer, who delivered the first 48-volt systems back in 2016, building on experience of similar 42-volt technologies, that went into global volume production in 2006.
 
The actual growth is still in the starting blocks, as the legal pressure to reduce CO2 emissions from whole fleets and the requirements for reducing emissions are continuing to increase. The economical 48-volt systems help to save fuel by 10 to 20 percent depending on the application and driving distance.
 
Vitesco Technologies already produces the integrated electrical final drive EMR3 – a compact, lightweight and high-performance combination of electric motor, inverter and reduction gear – for more than five manufacturers and for over 20 different vehicle models. Since the end of 2019, the company has delivered over 150,000 of these units. Another pioneering achievement: Electric vehicles with integrated electrical final drive received several awards last year for their good driving performance, price-performance ratio and energy efficiency.
 
 

From vision to high-volume market


The current market success – despite the ongoing Corona virus pandemic – was made possible by an early strategic orientation. The EMR3 high-voltage axle drive has a modular design and responds to the common market requirements in a solution that can be integrated into the vehicle at an attractive cost: The 3-in-1 system, consisting of an electric motor, inverter and reducer, offers the best possible performance values in terms of installation space, weight, performance, and costs in the performance class of 100 kW to 150 kW.
„This is currently the strongest demand on the market, and with the EMR3 we have set our first focus in this volume sector. The response has been positive. We’re now expanding the production capacity for the EMR3 created in 2019 for the second time.“
– Hilko Hakvoort, Head of the High-Voltage Drives product line in the Electrification Technology business unit
In order to successfully serve the growth that is kicking off in electrification, three strengths have been implemented in the drive portfolio for the volume market: "Consistent modularization makes it possible to scale drives economically for many types of vehicles and to reduce costs in both design and manufacturing," explains Katharina Helten, head of Mechanical Modules for Electric Drives.

modular electric drives


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Progress in efficiency in the active parts contributes to driving pleasure and greater range. Also, the current range of performance requirements for high-voltage drives will become even more scalable in the future with 60 kW to 200 kW. There is also still potential for the energy efficiency of the drive system.
 
Both 48-volt and high-voltage systems benefit from the increasing quantities at Vitesco Technologies, as many basic requirements apply to both voltages. Here, the technological mix has repeatedly proven to be a source of synergies.

Press Material

Rotor and stator of the integrated electric axle drive EMR3.
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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 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 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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The 48 V DC/DC converter connects to voltage levels: 12V for the power net of the vehicle and 48 V for the components of the mild-hybrid-system.
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The 48 V belt-driven starter generator for mild hybrid systems can realize significant CO2-reductions while enhancing drivability.
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The 48 V belt-driven starter generator for mild hybrid systems can realize significant CO2-reductions while enhancing drivability.
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Vitesco Technologies' portfolio offers leading solutions for all electrification types.
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