With ACTIVeDRIVE, Schaeffler is showing a concept study of an electric vehicle with strong driving dynamics.
The heart of the ACTIVeDRIVE is the eDifferential.This is an active electric differential. It provides drive power for the vehicle as well as allowing power distribution between the wheels on an axle.
The eDifferential supports the steering function and has a positive effect on driving dynamics, safety and driving comfort.
In the Schaeffler Hybrid, Schaeffler presents the innovative in-hub motor eWheel Drive. It also allows the development of completely new vehicle architectures.
The spectrum of Schaeffler components for e-mobility also includes sensor bottom bracket bearings
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Schaeffler is bundling its numerous activities relating to electric mobility in an eMobility Systems Division. Schaeffler is thereby pursuing a holistic approach that integrates the expertise of both the Automotive and Industrial divisions. “Electric mobility is generating sustained and growing interest. As a development partner and supplier, we must react to this development”, says Rolf Najork, Development Director of Transmission Systems and Electric Drives at Schaeffler. Accordingly, Schaeffler is creating an eMobility Systems Division for the purpose of combining the numerous individual competencies and developing the market at systems level.
“Suppliers play an active role in the development of electric mobility. With innovations and future-oriented products, they make an important contribution to progress and securing the future, which are always associated with considerable investments”, says Prof. Peter Gutzmer, Member of the Board of Management and Chief Technology Officer at Schaeffler. “With the eMobility Systems Division, we are also creating structures at an international level that will enable us to cover this important field in its entirety.”
The eMobility Systems Division will initially provide jobs for 300 employees. Development capacities at Schaeffler’s locations in Herzogenaurach, Bühl and Suhl will be expanded accordingly. Activities relating to electric mobility will also be increased at Schaeffler’s development locations in China and North America. Schaeffler is searching for engineers with qualifications in technical subjects, natural scientists and industrial engineers.
“Schaeffler offers excellent opportunities for starting and developing a career in an international environment and in an important market segment that is at the cutting edge of technology. Our product range includes key components for the entire electric drive train and solutions for drives in hybrid vehicles and electric cars. Mechatronics is playing an increasingly significant role”, says Rolf Najork. “Our innovations are used in both automotive and industrial environments.“
The product range already includes numerous solutions relating to electric mobility. The range extends from sensor bottom brackets for so-called pedelecs, start-stop solutions and hybrid clutches right up to electric drives. Schaeffler has made a name for itself, for example, with thehybrid solutions presented in the “car full of ideas”, the ”Schaeffler Hybrid, and the wheel hub drive eWheel Drive, as well as the eDifferential presented in the concept vehicle ACTIVeDRIVE. The product range is rounded out by special bearing solutions in the renewable energy sector.