Staying Ahead of the EV Powertrain Curve
Means Industries is adopting the powertrain technologies it developed for piston-based systems to enhance electrified propulsion systems.
Carmaker are defining powertrain architectures for their electrified vehicles now, even though sales volumes of those cars and trucks may take years to develop.
That’s why Means Industries Inc. has developed new drivetrain applications for its internal locking clutches. The devices, which enhance the efficiency of 8- and 10-speed transmissions for piston engines, also can be used to extend EV range by disconnecting all-wheel drive when not needed, says President Jeremy Holt.
Holt foresees multi-gear transmissions for fully electric vehicles, especially high-performance cars and large commercial trucks. He says Means is making sure its advanced technologies are ready today to be designed into the electrified powertrains of tomorrow.
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