GKN Driveline has been honored with an Automotive News PACE Innovation Award for the integrated co-axial eAxle on the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine.
The Automotive News PACE Award, bestowed for more than 20 years, is acknowledged around the world as the industry benchmark for automotive supplier innovation.
Designed to minimise packaging and maximise performance, the co-axial eAxle on the Volvo XC90 sets new standards in eDrive sophistication. Developed to fit in the same space as the Rear Drive Module on the XC90 AWD driveline, the eAxle solution gives Volvo the ultimate flexibility to meet the customer demand mix between all versions of the XC90 driveline.
The XC90’s eAxle delivers nominal output torque of 2400Nm in a package that measures 263mm x 310mm x 293mm and weighs just 15kg. The small footprint of this higher output new eAxle saves space, making integration into global vehicle platforms simpler while also enhancing driveability.
The technology has also launched on the Volvo S90 and will feature on other vehicles across the automaker’s SPA platform, as well as on future applications with other manufacturers.
GKN Driveline Senior Vice President Sales, Marketing and Programme Management Jim Voeffray picked up the awards at the Automotive News PACE Awards in Detroit yesterday evening.
He said: “GKN has an unmatched history in the development of leading electric driveline technologies and we are pleased that PACE has recognised this particularly sophisticated eAxle system. It is a testament to the hard work of our talented engineering teams that we can continue to improve flexibility for our customers and this award further recognises GKN as an innovation leader and partner to the industry.
“I’d like to thank Volvo for its co-operation in bringing this innovation to the market, further strengthening our relationship with this company.”
The award continues GKN’s strong history with PACE. It has won PACE awards for the previous two years; first with the two-speed eAxle on the BMW i8 and last year with the VL3 sideshaft system on the BMW 7 Series. In addition, GKN won a Partnership Award in 2016 for its work with Ford on the Focus RS, whilst it has also been named a finalist for the Twinster all-wheel drive system on the Range Rover Evoque and the disconnecting all-wheel-drive system on the Jeep Renegade.