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.