The plug-and-play modular electric drive unit concept aims to meet growing demand for high-quality, cost-effective, off-the-shelf eDrives from niche and low volume OEMs and conversion companies.
Called the eCrate, GKN Automotive’s concept utilises its 20 years of eDrive experience to create a cost-effective modular electric drive system with optimal efficiency and performance and market-proven technology in an off-the-shelf format.
GKN Automotive says the first of three potential systems could be available as early as 2025, with prospective customers able to select the best solution for their required application; a 113kW 2-in-1 combination system (motor and transmission) or a fully integrated 3-in-1 system comprising an electric machine, transmission and inverter, with either 113kW or 185kW output.
Niche industry needs
GKN Automotive says the eCrate is targeted toward the growing number of niche and low volume electric vehicle players, as well as the retro-conversion market.
Suitable for various purposes, including small to large cars and light commercial vehicles in series production, GKN says the concept has the potential to help accelerate the transition to full electrification, by empowering start-ups and established low volume players.
“Based closely on our existing technology, our new eCrate concept will bring this technology to even more customers looking for high-quality and cost-effective electric drive units in a plug-and-play format,” said Dirk Kesselgruber, chief technology officer, GKN Automotive.
The new concept will be showcased at GKN Automotive’s stand at the SEMA Show, held in Las Vegas from October 31 – November 3.