The Aion S electric sedan, presented by the Chinese manufacturer GAC at the Guangzhou Motor Show, will be the first model to use Nidec’s fully integrated e-axle when it is launched next year.
Production of the system will initially start at a new China plant in 2019. The Japanese electric motor manufacturer intends to offer the system to European car manufacturers in the near future and reports interest from OEMs from all over the world. According to Dr Kazuya Hayafune, Chief Engineer and Deputy General Director, Nidec is also considering building another factory in Poland.
The new electric axle consists of an electric motor, gearbox and inverter. The product presentation in April revealed that the electric drive system weighs only 83 kg – with a maximum output of 150 kW and a maximum torque of 3,900 Nm.
According to the manufacturer, the e-axle will be suitable for a wide range of applications from small cars to SUV platforms. It is now making its series debut in the Aion S, an e-limousine which, according to GAC, will offer customers the same performance of luxury electric cars such as Tesla, while offering a more reasonable price.
Nidec and the PSA Group have established a joint venture for the development, production and sale of traction motors for use in electric and hybrid cars reportedly. The aim is to achieve an annual production capacity of 900,000 electric machines by 2022. Their joint venture called Nidec PSA emotors is based at Carrières-sous-Poissy close to Paris.
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