How GKN Automotive ekes out big EV powertrain gains by reducing small amounts of waste

How GKN Automotive ekes out big EV powertrain gains by reducing small amounts of waste

The company's director of electrical hardware engineering gives his thoughts on the overlap and complexity in EV and all-wheel drive systems.

Efficiency is a critical pillar in EV powertrain design. Ideally, EV components manufacturers want to convert every single available kilowatt stored within the battery into energy capable of driving the vehicle, and getting as close to perfect as possible is one of the holy grails of design. That’s why engineers spend endless hours finding ways to mitigate the effects of heat and friction, because even seemingly tiny saves in these areas can make a huge difference when it comes to an EV’s performance.

With over 2.5 million electric drive systems (and counting!) delivered, GKN Automotive knows this as well as anybody.

“It’s really critical that the EV powertrain is designed to consume the least amount of waste possible to increase the range availability of the vehicle and give the driver a better experience when it comes to things like range anxiety or charging,” says Ben DeLand, director of electrical hardware engineering, GKN Automotive. “In EVs, a mountain of R&D money and effort has been spent, and I think over the past 10 years we’ve seen massive gains in efficiency.”

In this episode of The Amped EV Podcast, DeLand gives his thoughts on the overlap and complexity in EV and all-wheel drive systems, how GKN Automotive aims to provide versatility in its EV powertrain solutions, the significant EV powertrain advancements that have been made over the past decade, and more.

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