In response to the rapidly increasing global demand for electrified vehicles, GKN Automotive has announced it is accelerating the development of next-generation eDrive technologies.
The rapid development of next-generation eDrive systems is enhanced by working in Formula E as a partner to Jaguar Racing. Constant testing to improve efficiency, performance and extending the range of batteries in the ultra-competitive world of electric motorsport creates a direct link from race to the road. As a result, cutting-edge developments currently being developed for Jaguar Racing will likely be available on near-future road cars in just three years.
The global leader in drive systems company said these future systems, utilising and harnessing state-of-the-art 800V technologies, are already at advanced stages of development and being tested in real-world conditions.
The company’s global experts are now working with the world’s leading automotive manufacturers to make these advanced eDrive systems a production reality.
According to the company, the future eDrive technologies, using 800V technology, will offer many benefits for EV owners, including faster charging times and improved performance. It will also lead to an increased driving range – currently a key obstacle for consumers wanting to make the switch to a battery-electric car. In addition, efficiencies could also lead to car makers opting to use smaller batteries, reducing vehicle cost, complexity, and weight.
Liam Butterworth, CEO, GKN Automotive, said the global demand for EVs is accelerating fast and now is the perfect time for the company to underpin its leadership in eDrive systems through next-generation technologies.
“These high-tech 800V systems will create faster-charging cars with better battery range, improved driving performance and even greater efficiencies. GKN Automotive intends to continue delivering an increasingly electrified future,” he added.