Benteler, Freudenberg Partner on EV Products
Germany’s Benteler International AG and Freudenberg SE’s Vibracoustic unit are partnering to develop products and services to support electric-car programs.
The nonequity alliance combines Benteler’s know-how in controling chassis noise and vibration with Vibracoustic’s expertise in noise, vibration and harshness management.
Benteler says the partnership will speed product development by allowing its customers to adopt front and rear axle systems already tuned for low NVH by Vibracoustic.
The historic plant has built—and is building—a lot of cars in its 70-year run of commercial vehicle production. Today, with the e-Golf and the GTE, it is making what are arguably the most-advanced Volkswagens out there.
The future of e-mobility depends on collaboration. Automotive companies will need to build business models based on strengths and limitations to tap into the EV value chain and fully capitalize on the opportunities within the new EV ecosystem.
Dan Nicholson is vice president of General Motors Global Propulsion Systems, the organization that had been “GM Powertrain” for 24 years.