American Axle & Manufacturing is making SUVs and crossovers significantly more efficient with its EcoTrac disconnecting all-wheel-drive system, says David Crecelius, director of product engineering-electrification.
EcoTrac reduces system drag as much as 90% compared with simple mechanical awd systems, thanks to sensors and proprietary software used to monitor and analyze road conditions. The system decouples rotating driveline components when they’re not needed.
AAM also has debuted its first electric drive system in the Jaguar i-Pace electric SUV. The technology features an exceptionally power-dense design with separate, 150-kW drive units on the front and rear axles, Crecelius adds.
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Systems engineering in increasingly being recognized as a valuable approach to vehicle development - both in design and production. Siemens posits that PLM is the right software system for systems engineering.
Once the playground of exotic car makers, the definition of a niche vehicle has expanded to include image vehicles for mainstream OEMs, and specialist models produced on high-volume platforms.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.