GKN will shortly be revealing what is touted to be 'the most advanced electrified driveline technology', at the upcoming Frankfurt International Motor Show, on September 12. The new all-electric drivetrain named the 'eTwinsterX' is claimed to be more capable and versatile than any other electric drive systems currently in the market.
All electric drivetrain systems in use till now have been using motors directly driving the wheels without any gear ratios in between. However, the new electric drivetrain will feature a two-speed transmission between the motor and the final drive shaft, with an optimised shifting system to increase efficiency. The drivetrain also is significantly smaller in comparison to existing electric drivetrains.
A combination of all the factors mentioned above makes the new eTwinsterX drivetrain versatile, and can hence be used to power a wide range of vehicles, including luxury plug-in hybrid SUVs, entry level electric hatchbacks, full-size electric sedans and even electric hypercars.
For those who do not know, GKN is a few centuries old, and has been a supplier to the automotive industry since 1900, manufacturing fasteners. They then started manufacturing crankshafts, wheels, and then Driveline components in the late 1960s. GKN Driveline is the world's largest producer of constant velocity joints, pioneered by them for use in automobiles.
Other GKN products include sideshafts, propshafts, power transfer units, differentials, AWD couplings, disconnects, electric rear axles, and electric drive transmissions. With decades of experience in the industry, GKN certainly knows what they are on about. With manufacturers like Ford, Volvo, Jeep, Land Rover, BMW, etc. OEM supply list, GKN definitely is at the top of their game.
As the name suggests, the new eAxle incorporates GKN's celebrated ‘Twinster' torque vectoring technology, delivering significant advantages for vehicle stability, agility and safety.
GKN already is one of the leading manufacturers of electric drivetrain systems, and have produced more than 3,00,000 electric drivetrain systems till date. When a manufacturer of this calibre announces that the most advanced system is coming, we better believe them. How soon would we see the eTwinsterX drivetrain in road-going cars, is completely dependent on manufacturers.
GKN has been the OEM supplier to many manufacturers so far, and know how to tailor their products specifically for each manufacturer. If any manufacturer finds the new drivetrain interesting (we think they will), GKN would provide them the components as a package without any delays.