GKN Automotive, a global leader in drive systems, has announced its new Advanced Research Centre. This has been created to develop next-generation electric drive systems to power future electric vehicles (EVs).
The company is also partnering with the University of Nottingham and Newcastle University to push the boundaries of electric drive technology and accelerate modular innovation. This collaboration will focus on the development of ultra-high efficiency electric drive units (EDUs) for future electric vehicles.
GKN Automotive’s £3.5 million investment in the Advanced Research Centre, which is co-located across three leading engineering facilities, is being partly supported through the Melrose Skills Fund. This is to increase the automotive electrification knowledge capability and strengthen research and development in the UK.
Gordon Day, GKN Automotive Innovation Centre managing director, said: “GKN Automotive is a pioneer of advanced eDrive development and this new research partnership will play a key role in strengthening the innovation of electrification technologies for future advanced propulsion systems.
“We are extremely proud that this research will be in partnership with Newcastle University and the University of Nottingham, two renowned and respected global leaders in automotive electrification engineering research.
“Both institutions will also play a leading role in helping us develop a supply of high-calibre engineering talent, which is essential to enable us to put the UK at the forefront of global automotive industry innovation.”