In line with future trends, Schaeffler has commenced volume production of environment friendly drives. Schaeffler will use Frankfurt Motor Show to showcase future technologies for low-emission and zero-emission in line with the theme of the show “Mobility for tomorrow.” The International Motor Show IAA is scheduled to be held in Frankfurt from September 14 to 24
Schaeffler’s engineering team is already working on drivetrains based on an all-electric or hybrid design and an internal combustion engine. According to the company, many of these concepts could significantly contribute to the development of environmentally friendly drive architectures.
Klaus Rosenfeld, CEO of Schaeffler AG said that the company wants to play an active role in shaping ‘Mobility for tomorrow’ and the key to its success would be its broad range of technologies. Schaeffler is continuously developing its products so that it can offer customized, comprehensive solutions for different drive concepts with electric mobility being a core research area for the future. Schaeffler is planning to invest an additional half billion euros and hire 1, 200 more employees in this area.
Schaeffler is shortly planning to set up an E-Mobility business division to centrally manage the development of electric drive technologies. This division would deal with all of Schaeffler’s products and system solutions for hybrid and purely battery-driven vehicles. One example is the latest generation of the electric axle that Schaeffler will showcase at the IAA which could be used as part of a modular system solution for hybrid vehicles and all-electric cars.
When it comes to the development of alternative drives, the requirements in different parts of the world can vary greatly and this also needs to be taken into consideration. Storage of energy is another critical concern. Hence, there will be requirement for a large number of drive variants and Schaeffler will research and develop ideal, individual solutions.
Schaeffler will also use technologies that can improve the efficiency and performance of conventional drives. One such solution is the latest generation of the thermal management module, which will be highlighted at the IAA. It controls the cooling circuits of engines, transmissions, and, in the near future, also the cooling circuits of additional electric drives if required.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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