range also includes the combination of two or three drive components.
Schaeffler is therefore opening up a particularly large market, especially
since in the future electric axles will be used in vehicles ranging from
passenger cars through to light commercial vehicles – with purely electric
drives and drives based on fuel cells. This would extend also to tailored
electric axles and components for the electrification of commercial vehicles
and heavy-duty applications.
the electrification of medium-duty pick-up trucks, particularly for the North
American market, Schaeffler is developing and will manufacture an electric beam
axle. In the electric beam axle, the electric motor, transmission, power
electronics, and the entire rear axle are connected to each other and supplied
to the customer as a ready-to-fit unit. Axles like these are more than two
meters wide. Schaeffler has already secured its first orders for electric beam
axles from automobile manufacturers. The company is therefore entering a new
market segment for electric axle drives.
Global production network
manufactures components for electric axles at several locations worldwide. In
September 2021, production started at its plant in Szombathely, Hungary. This
production location is the Schaeffler Group’s first pure e-mobility plant and
its new competence center for the manufacture of components and systems for
electrified powertrains. In addition, components for e-mobility and integrated
electric axle drives are manufactured in Taicang, China. A further production
facility is being set up in Wooster, US, where hybrid modules are already being
manufactured. And the new global lead plant for electric motors is now being
built in Bühl, headquarters of Schaeffler’s Automotive Technologies
company plays to its special strengths in the production of electric axles:
Schaeffler is well versed in the production of individual components through to
high-precision manufacturing methods such as stamping individual stator
laminations for electric motors and the winding ofrotors using innovative wave
winding, for example. By using them, improvements can be achieved at the level
of individual components, which together result in a more efficient complete
system. In addition, the company is using its high level of production
excellence to bring electric drives on to the market quickly in high volumes.