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Delta Partners With GKN on Advanced eDrive Systems

Delta Electronics Inc., and GKN Automotive will jointly develop the next-generation integrated three-in-one eDrive systems of power classes from 80kW to 155kW. The joint development of advanced eDrive technology will see inverters supplied by Delta integrated with GKN's eMotor and gearbox systems in a 3-in-1 solution.

Further aligning the two companies is a shared dedication to systems weight and packaging volume reduction, and a focus on simplifying original equipment manufacturer (OEM) assembly processes for easier and better-quality component installations. The collaboration between these two industry-leading companies will significantly increase their technical capabilities and accelerate time to market.

Liam Butterworth, Chief Executive Officer of GKN Automotive, said, "The eDrive market continues to accelerate as manufacturers are required to meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations demanding technological progression and speed. Our collaboration with Delta represents a significant milestone in the expansion of our portfolio of scalable, integrated 3-in-1 eDrive solutions and our capabilities in rapidly bringing new cost competitive technologies to market."

Simon Chang, Chief Operating Officer of Delta on the other hand said, "Delta is dedicated to enabling low-carbon green transportation by providing EV powertrain solutions and power electronics products, including traction inverters, traction motors, on-board chargers, DC/DC converters, and EV charging solutions to the market. We're pleased to work with the leading company GKN Automotive to produce integrated eDrive units for the next generation of electric and hybrid vehicles."

GKN has 17 years of eDrive development and integration expertise, which has resulted in the production of more than one million eDrive units to date, and a rapidly expanding order book. Delta, meanwhile, has nearly 50 years expertise in power electronics and is currently supporting the leading electric vehicle (EV) makers with its quality and comprehensive product portfolios.

The partnership will further strengthen GKN's position as the industry's full-system electric powertrain supplier while boosting Delta in the design, development and supply of EV powertrain solutions and power electronics products.

The new collaboration will center on the development of two new integrated eDrive families for application across different torque classes for the next generation of hybrid and electric vehicles. Within three years, the new 3-in-1 eDrive units will be available for start of production in a multitude of vehicle types, from A-segment city cars to D-segment executive cars and SUVs, supporting a range of torque outputs from 2,000 Nm to 3,800 Nm, with nominal power outputs of between 80 kW to 155 kW.