An innovative solution
© Schaeffler
December 2020

An innovative solution

By Stefan Pajung
The transformation of propulsion technology is rapidly moving forward. Hybrid or all-electric systems are complementing or replacing conventional powertrains. Based on decades of expertise, Schaeffler has developed a modular e-axle kit enabling an extensive, universal product portfolio.

With the e-axle kit, Schaeffler makes it possible for its partners in the automotive industry to tailor their platforms to suit all demands of the market – thanks to high vertical integration, modularity and scalability. Thanks to the modular e-axle configurator, efficient, compact and highly integrated systems with high power density can be developed within short development cycles for both 48-volt hybrid and 400- and 800-volt technology. The performance range extends from 15 kW to more than 300 kW. Both axially parallel and coaxial arrangements are possible.

An innovative solution
Example of an e-axle: 3in1-e-axle system featuring a coaxial arrangement with integrated power electronics© Schaeffler

With excellent manufacturing expertise and high development flexibility, novel solutions become ready for market within a very short period of time: across the entire product pyramid – from winding processes to components such as electric motors and clutches to complex 3in1-e-axle and hybrid systems – including power electronics and software.

Propulsion strategies

Schaeffler’s portfolio includes a suitable solution for any form of powertrain.

Strategy 1
One IC engine + one e-axle

The IC engine propels one axle and the e-motor the other one. E-drives from Schaeffler can be configured for either arrangement at diverse performance levels.

An innovative solution

Strategy 2
One e-axle

Fully electric drive – supplied by a battery or fuel cell. The e-drive can optionally be installed on the front or the rear axle in this case as well.

An innovative solution

Strategy 3
Two e-axles

Fully electric drive, but using one electric motor each on the front and rear axle – for greater dynamics and efficiency.

An innovative solution