GKN Automotive supplies innovative two-in-one eDrive system for Fiat 500 electric cars

GKN Automotive, a global leader in drive systems, is supplying its integrated two-in-one eDrive system, including a first in-house developed eMotor, for the New Fiat 500 electric car.

GKN Automotive’s innovative new system is matched to an inverter and is capable of providing up to 220Nm of instantly available motor torque. This allows the vehicle to accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100kph) in nine seconds, while delivering 199 miles (320km) of zero-emissions range. This is why the New 500 is such an efficient city-style electric vehicle (EV).

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Dirk Kesselgruber, president GKN automotive ePowertrain, said: ”GKN Automotive is a global leader in eDrive technologies and this new system, now fully integrated into this exciting all-electric city car, is proof of that.

“We are the go-to partner for the world’s leading automotive manufacturers, collaborating with them to deliver exciting and sustainable electrified vehicles.”

The new two-in-one integrated eDrive unit incorporates GKN Automotive’s own 87kW motor and delivers an output torque of 2,100Nm in a package that weighs just 62.5kg (including oil).

The two-in-one integrated layout is more compact, lighter, more efficient and more cost-effective than electric vehicle systems incorporating separate components. This is reflected in the price of the New 500 that starts from £20,495.

It also features an advanced Electronic Park Lock System (ePLS) that allows the electric axle to provide a park lock feature and function, which alleviates the ancillary system from the foundation brakes.

The development of the two-in-one eDrive system is part of GKN Automotive’s long-term electrification strategy. Over 1.5 million vehicles are now on the road with GKN Automotive’s electrified technologies.

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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