An electric circuit
9/12/17 / WEC / Technology / Formula E
“The commitments in the WEC and in Formula E have been helping us gain a better understanding of the environment and systems of electric mobility,” explains Prof. Peter Gutzmer, Schaeffler’s Chief Technology Officer. Be it in terms of systems knowledge, the development of new materials, recuperation (recovery of braking energy) or thermal management – these are important findings which also advance the Schaeffler technology group aside from racing with respect to ideas, visions and technologies for networked mobility for tomorrow. Schaeffler has significantly increased the size of its development team for electric vehicle components and new mobility concepts within a short period of time and is working at full stretch on sustainable mobility solutions. Check out our six examples of this:
On bicycle expressways, powerful pedelecs – with Schaeffler hardware and software on board – provide a particularly fast and eco-friendly means of transportation for shorter distances. Branded as SCHAEFFLER VELOSOLUTIONS , the company offers an extensive and innovative product range.
Schaeffler’s electric axles (pictured) help make traffic noise in inner cities a thing of the past, moving forward with a wide product range from Herzogenaurach. In this context, Schaeffler has developed an innovative modular system for electric axles in various conﬁgurations and build levels.
The innovative and compact mobility solution for urban areas not only provides weather protection but, featuring four wheels including an electric pedelec drive, high driving stability and ample stowage space. In spring of 2016, Schaeffler unveiled this design and development concept that met with positive response around the globe.
In addition to its handy dimensions, this ideal means of transportation for short distances in urban areas boasts hydraulic brakes and a range of 25 kilometers. At CES in Las Vegas in January 2017, Schaeffler showcased this prototype. Integrated in the board is a battery that drives the rear axle via an electric motor. The e-board is controlled using a stick with an ergonomically shaped handle.
Self-driving buses with integrated wheel hub motors (pictured) from Schaeffler could provide a means of demand-based zero-emissions short-range public transportation in the future. All the drive components except for the battery are completely installed in the wheel. They include the electric motor, power electronics, the brake and the cooling system. eWheelDrive makes all-new drive concepts possible.
Hybrid components will continue to make conventional IC engine based powertrains more efficient. Schaeffler offers solutions across the entire range of electriﬁcation potential – from the 48-volt hybrid to the plug-in hybrid for various mounting positions to all-electric axles that assist the IC engine or serve as the sole short-term source of propulsion.