Schaeffler has launched several new electric axle drives (electric axles). The company is demonstrating this by integrating the thermal management system as well as the electric motor, power electronics, and transmission into the axle drive. This ensures that a car travels further on one battery charge and charges faster. Another new development are electric beam axles for pick-up trucks. A new approach is the combination of the drive components of a conventional electric axle with the thermal management system.
This creates a highly integrated and compact complete system, which requires significantly less space than non-integrated solutions. Less energy is lost in the form of heat because unnecessary hoses and cables can be dispensed with. An intelligent control system ensures that excess heat is efficiently dissipated from the power electronics and electric motor.