Schaeffler to start e-drive series production in 2021
Schaeffler will start producing electric motors for hybrid modules, hybrid transmissions and purely electric axle drives in 2021. In addition to the passenger car sector, the supplier also has its sights set on trucks.
Schaeffler wants to position itself as an all-rounder in the eMobility supply market with products ranging from components to complete drive systems across all electrification levels. The supplier had established a dedicated business division for e-mobility three years ago and now says that the basis for their electric motor production is a new technology platform that is “modular and highly integrated”.
In addition to various series orders for e-motors in the passenger car sector, Schaeffler has also revealed an order from a commercial vehicle manufacturer. According to the company, this marks its entry into the market segment for heavy-duty applications in the truck sector. Schaeffler says that this is a series order for electric motors with shaft winding technology.
The supplier has been active in the market for e-components for years now, most particularly in the transmission sector. For example, Schaeffler’s e-axle transmission has been in series production since 2017 and is a component of the e-drive in the Audi e-tron and Porsche Taycan, among others. “We have successfully transformed ourselves into a drive system supplier for sustainable electric mobility solutions and established ourselves as a reliable partner for our customers,” says Matthias Zink, Member of the Executive Board of Schaeffler AG responsible for Automotive Technologies.
The Group is characterised above all by its expertise at component and system level: “We have been engaged with electric mobility for more than 20 years, and we understand the drive train requirements.”
Schaeffler has also acquired the necessary expertise over the course of the last few years through targeted acquisitions. At the end of 2018, for example, the supplier acquired Elmotec Statomat, a specialist in winding technology. Schaeffler had already acquired Compact Dynamics, a development specialist in the field of innovative electric drive concepts, in 2016.