Schaeffler Expands e-Powertrain Manufacturing with Volume Orders

With volume orders for its electric motors and hybrid modules, automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler is expanding its range of powertrain electrification solutions for commercial vehicles. The moves come in step with its objective to be a complete manufacturer of EV traction power systems. 

Matthias Zink 

“The commercial vehicle sector is facing major challenges,” says Matthias Zink, CEO automotive technologies at Schaeffler AG. “We are bringing our considerable systems expertise in the field of commercial vehicles for shaping how the world moves. The fact that we won two major contracts recently shows that we are on track to being a preferred technology partner for our customers in this sector.” 

The company has secured a volume production order to supply electric motors to a key manufacturer in the commercial vehicle sector, starting in 2023. The 800-volt permanent-magnet motor, shown above, is used in pairs in battery-powered vehicles. It delivers a maximum continuous output of 180 kW and generates a maximum torque of 950 Nm. It also features rod wave winding technology, an innovation that makes installation less complex and increases power density.  

Schaeffler has also secured a volume production order for hybrid modules which enable the recovery of braking energy. The energy recovered is then used to power on-board systems, especially new exhaust gas treatment systems, thereby helping vehicle fleets to meet NOx and CO2 reduction targets. The start of production is scheduled for 2024.  

Dr. Jochen Schroeder, president of the E-Mobility business division, says: “We have positioned our electric mobility business very effectively. Schaeffler offers solutions for all powertrain electrification options, from 48 V hybrid to plug-in hybrid to full electric. All development and production of our components and systems can take place in-house, which puts us in an ideal position to partner our customers in these diverse markets.” For more info, see