GKN Driveline Multi-Mode eTransmission Featured On Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
REDDITCH, England, Sept. 10, 2013
REDDITCH, England, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --GKN Driveline's Multi-Mode
eTransmission makes its debut on the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV- the world's
first twin-motor 4WD plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle with ability to charge
Debuting at the Frankfurt Motor Show (Sept. 10-22, 2013) Mitsubishi Motors'
new twin-motor 4WD plug-in Hybrid Electric crossover is powered by two-60kW
electric motors, one in the front and the other in the rear, both fed by a
large capacity lithium-ion battery. A gas engine and a generator are also
The GKN Multi-Mode eTransmission, when used as the front transaxle, offers
optimum performance in three different driving modes with two different power
oPure EV mode, with the vehicle's front and rear axles driven only by the
electric motors with the front motor being attached to the GKN Multi-Mode
eTransmission. Energy is sourced from the battery.
oSeries hybrid mode, with the combustion engine driving a generator to
charge the traction battery on-the-go while the car is still only driven
by its front and rear electric motors.
oParallel hybrid mode, with the combustion engine's torque feeding through
to the GKN Multi-Mode eTransmission to the front wheels via a hydraulic
clutch which remains disengaged in both other modes. Front and rear motors
then supplement the gasoline engine. Battery charging still occurs as
The GKN Multi-Mode eTransmission's lightweight, compact design honed for high
efficiency adds to the car's extraordinary low CO tailpipe emission of
"In their quest to find appealing packages for low carbon mobility, the
vehicle manufacturers are exploring all possible avenues," said Rob Rickell,
GKN Driveline's global engineering director. "With the new Outlander PHEV,
Mitsubishi Motors has broken new ground and we are excited to have played a
key role helping make this innovation a reality."
About GKN Driveline
GKN Driveline is the world's leading supplier of automotive driveline
components and systems. As a global company serving the world's leading
vehicle manufacturers, GKN Driveline develops, builds and supplies an
extensive range of automotive driveline components – for use in the smallest
ultra low-cost car to the most sophisticated premium vehicle demanding the
most complex driving dynamics.
GKN Driveline is a leading global producer of CVJ Systems, AWD Systems, Trans
Axle Solutions and eDrive Systems and operates in 22 countries at 56 locations
employing 22,000 people.
About the GKN Group
GKN plc is a global engineering business serving mainly the automotive,
aerospace and land systems markets. It has operations in more than 32
countries, around 48,000 employees in subsidiaries and joint ventures and had
sales of 6.9 billionPoundsin the year to 31 December 2012. GKN plc is listed
on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN).
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