The company has been working with leading automotive manufacturers to develop innovative eDrive systems
GKN Automotive, a leading manufacturer of driveline components and all-wheel drive systems for the automotive industry, has recently announced that it is currently working on developing an 800V eDrive system.
As per sources, GKN has accelerated its efforts ever since a noticeable increase in EV demand. 800V eDrive system are slated to be the next big thing in EV sector as these motors require 800V batteries that offer improved overall efficiency.
GKN claims that systems that leverage and integrate state-of-the-art 800V technologies are already in advanced phases of development and are being tested in real-world situations. The company’s global specialists are collaborating with the world's top automakers to bring these innovative eDrive systems to market.
Currently, only Hyundai’s E-GMP platform, which is utilized in the IONIQ 5 EV, supports this voltage. 800V is purely a nominal/illustrative value, while the actual voltage could vary from roughly 600V to over 900V or so, depending on the battery stage of charge.
Sources claim that Tesla hasn't made any plans to switch to an 800V architecture yet. Even their most recent vehicle, the Cybertruck, lacks this technology, as does the new Tesla Model S Plaid. However, Tesla is known for creating in-house technology, so could be possible that it is working on something similar and hasn't announced it yet.
Liam Butterworth, CEO of GKN Automotive, commented “the demand for EVs is increasing rapidly, and now is the best time for GKN Automotive to demonstrate its leadership in eDrive systems through cutting-edge technologies”.
“Faster-charging automobiles with higher battery range enhanced driving performance, and even greater economies will be made possible by these high-tech 800V systems”, said Mr. Butterworth, adding that they are focused on providing a highly electrified future.