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Electric hub drive for military vehicles


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GKN Land Systems
: 12 September, 2013  (New Product)
GKN Land Systems is at the DSEI event in London demonstrating its electric hub drive for military use enabling reduced fuel consumption and harmful emissions
Electric hub drive for military vehicles

As vehicle manufacturers continue to search for technologies that can bring greater fuel savings and reduced CO2 emissions, electrification is emerging as a key global trend.  GKN Land Systems, a leading supplier of technology differentiated power management solutions and services, is showcasing its new product development in the electric and hybrid vehicles arena at DSEI 2013.

The creation of a prototype electric hub drive system is a new innovation utilising GKN’s design and manufacturing expertise in the off-highway market. This demonstrates GKN’s commitment to emerging electric drive technologies and has been developed with GKN EVO Electric, a pioneer in advanced, high torque electric motors.

GKN Land Systems will exhibit the new technology at the show, displaying a cut-away model of the system with an electric motor mounted at the heart of a wheel hub.

Commenting Jules Carter, Engineering Director at GKN Land Systems said: “The off-highway industry has been talking about making electric drive systems a reality for years. We are now in a position to make this happen and are naturally keen to gauge the response of DSEI attendees and the Defence Sector generally to the new technology.

“The GKN Electric hub drive system has significant advantages for the Defence Sector; offering improved fuel efficiency, optimised engine performance and reduced emissions. Further benefits of the electric hub drive system include improved ballistic protection by eliminating hull apertures, silent running mode for stealthy operations and weight savings which can be utilised for improved vehicle protection or payload.”

The electric hub drive system is a global GKN collaboration, with contributions from facilities around the group, including design, testing and system assembly in Telford, gearbox manufacture in Germany and motor development and assembly in Italy.

Jules Carter continues: “The electric hub drive system is a development for GKN Land Systems in the Defence Sector and, in future, we feel there are further exciting applications within the agriculture, construction and rail sectors.”

A recent study by McKinsey & Co claimed the global market for electric motors could be worth €20 billion by 2020, whilst Frost & Sullivan predict that hybrid vehicle sales will grow to between 25% and 30% of the global market by 2015.

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