Continental launches new axle drive for electric powertrains

Continental is presenting at the IAA 2019 the third generation of electric powertrains, with the new, very high-performance, light and compact axle drive. Series production of the new axle drive used worldwide will begin at the Continental plant in Tianjin, China, in the third quarter of 2019. With the new electric drive, the Powertrain division is assuming a pioneering role as a technology supplier for highly integrated electric axle drives for the mass market and is once again setting standards for the performance of these modules.

“We are promoting new mobility solutions with pioneering technologies. Our electric drives form a key element of innovative vehicles – from both established manufacturers and start-up companies,” said Andreas Wolf, CEO of Continental’s powertrain business.

Back in 2006, development work began at Continental on an electric drive that was used in an electric car from a European manufacturer from 2011. The market-ready, third generation of the axle drive weighs less than 80 kilograms. The function of an electric parking lock has now been integrated into the transmission.

“We offer the highly integrated axle drive in two performance levels, with 120 kW or 150 kW. The new, high-voltage drive, comprising an electric motor, power electronics and reduction gear, has also reached a previously unseen level of development,” said Thomas Stierle, head of the Hybrid Electric Vehicle business unit of the Powertrain division. As far as an output of up to 150 kW and a maximum torque of up to 310 Nm is concerned, the new electric axle drive is roughly equivalent to a conventional two-litre turbo-diesel engine.

The new Continental technology is setting the Sion electric vehicle from German start-up Sono Motors in motion. The Sion is the first series-produced electric vehicle to have solar cells integrated into its body. The car thereby produces electric energy self-sufficiently, extending its range.

 

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