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GKN Driveline Sees Strong in Electric-Drive Vehicle Systems


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. 9, 2011

AUBURN HILLS, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ GKN Driveline has nearly 40 electric and vehicle projects currently for major automakers around the signaling a major push the industry to speed development of cars and light trucks.

is especially high among manufacturers hoping to convert an front-wheel-drive platform to an all-wheel-drive program, said Dr. Ray Kuczera. president of engineering for GKN Driveline This type of conversion has the to increase fuel economy by up to 35

He noted that GKN Driveline has more than 250,000 rear-drive axles to Nissan and in Japan over the past 10 giving the company considerable in this rapidly growing segment.

In parallel with interest in electric cars and with extended range has been apparent at auto for several years, Kuczera reporting that GKN Driveline has developed eTransmissions for three programs scheduled for production in and North America .

The company relies on two competitive for its rapidly growing electric and transmission business:

For hybrids, the has a patented disconnect system turns its eAxle (electric-drive off in less than 80 milliseconds to efficiency when the axle is not When torque is required, the turns back on in about 100

For electric vehicles, GKN Driveline has three families of ready-made that can be inexpensively tuned to different vehicle requirements.

counts for our customers is our ability to development projects quickly and at a low cost, said Max Owen. GKN Driveline Americas.

Owen GKN Driveline currently has several electric and hybrid-electric development with U.S. automakers and to add more before year-end.

In the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 with GKN Driveline components on sale this year by two other Peugeot-Citroen vehicles GKN Driveline solutions – the Peugeot 508 and Citroen DS5 HYbrid4.

The Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 a crossover with a 120 kW diesel to drive the vehicle’s front and a 27 kW electric motor for its rear — can travel short on electric power alone.  It can operate in four-wheel-drive for maximum and road grip and can run on the highway for with an efficient 2.0-liter equipped with a particulate Fuel consumption for the Peugeot is about 35 percent less for vehicles of comparable size and

GKN Driveline’s axle business for electric vehicles began a modular approach, as engineers three standard families of to drive front and/or axles on small city standard mid-range cars, premium sedans, SUVs and

Within each transmission the company only needs to two gears inside a common to adapt to different motor power levels and wheel Standard products can be customized to individual vehicle manufacturer helping to reduce both and development time.  GKN can provide prototypes in three and be in series production within 18

GKN Driveline’s ability to meet production schedules helps reduce product-development costs and new products ahead of competitors. Its are compact, lightweight and 96-percent offering the final consumer with greater range at cost.

We are currently developing for 15 different projects and have eTransmission orders for electric in Europe. Asia and North , said Kuczera.

GKN Driveline supplies more than 40 of the world’s standard front- and sideshafts and is introducing new driveline-system to take advantage of all-wheel-drive and handling features while the impact on fuel economy.

For (non-hybrid) vehicles, for example, GKN has designed a disconnecting all-wheel-drive that completely decouples a rear driveline when not The system reconnects swiftly and when needed.

Through the use of synchronizers and clutches, the and elements in the rear-driveline module can rotating when all-wheel-drive is not  Eliminating unnecessary driveline can lead to significant improvements in fuel economy.

Although the sounds rather simple, it happen represents a major Kuczera explained. Accelerating the driveline from zero to thousand RPM in a fraction of a second is one part of the equation – it also be silent and completely transparent to the and passengers alike.

In addition to its positions in eDrive Systems, GKN product segments include: CVJ AWD Systems and Trans Axle

About GKN Driveline

GKN Driveline is the leading supplier of automotive systems and solutions. As a global serving the leading vehicle GKN Driveline develops, builds and an extensive range of automotive systems – for use in the smallest ultra car to the most sophisticated premium demanding the most complex dynamics.

GKN Driveline is a leading global of CVJ systems, AWD systems, Trans solutions and eDrive systems.

GKN Group

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GKN plc is a global engineering serving mainly the automotive, and land systems markets. It has in more than 30 countries, 38,000 employees in subsidiaries and ventures and had sales of 5.4 billion in the year to 31 December 2010. GKN plc is on the London Stock Exchange GKN)

GKN Driveline’s product include:

CVJ Systems

GKN Driveline’s velocity joint systems space, weight and fuel with greater all round

GKN Driveline supplies the most range of CVJ systems – used in the ultra-low cost car through to the sophisticated premium vehicle.  


GKN Driveline has full all-wheel systems capability.

GKN Driveline’s drive couplings improve handling, stability and traction by distributing power, and disconnecting can supplement low drag and inertia for efficiency.

Trans Axle Solutions

GKN produces highly durable differentials and has the most extensive of limited slip differentials from the smallest super LSD to the electronically controlled axle

For the ultimate capability, GKN Driveline’s vectoring solutions provide the

eDrive Systems

GKN Driveline’s electric drive technology is in 250,000 vehicles today.

GKN eDrives are designed for the new generation of efficient, low emission electric and vehicles.

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