Green Car Congress reports that Bosch has developed a new electric axle drive, or e-axle.
“The motor, power electronics, and transmission form one compact unit that directly drives the car’s axle. This makes the powertrain not only far more efficient, but more affordable as well,” the article explains.
Bosch first introduced electric axle drives in 2012, but the power electronics was not fully integrated into them. Green Car Congress says that samples of the electric axle are currently being tested, with production planned for 2019 at the latest.
The e-axle will allow Bosch to deliver customers a customized solution that provides peak performance, weighs far less than individual components and eliminates the time consuming task of developing new components.