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Powertrain Market Experiences Soaring Demand and Technological Innovation

2018-10-30 13:04 Tuesday

Thanks to the soaring market demand, the market revenue share for powertrain systems is expected to reach 23% within the next five years, spurring heavy investment in technological innovation.


Continental has developed a next-generation power electronics system for Jaguar Land Rover, which is intended to meet the extreme requirements of sporty, performance-oriented powertrain. This innovative power electronics solution, which was first applied in the Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid, will be utilized in all electric vehicles from the two luxury automotive brands.

The power electronics of hybrid and all-electric powertrains supplies power to the electric motor, while also controls the energy recycling process. In terms of function, it acts as an interface between the high-voltage battery and the electric motor. It is the power electronics that determine whether the full potential of the electric powertrain can be realized. Generally speaking, power electronics are also key to maximizing the quality of the ride.

In the first quarter of 2018, powertrain and e-drive solutions provider Integral Powertrain announced that it would make a substantial investment in a 3-acre site at Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes, UK, establishing a new technical center, which will support the development of e-Drive functions.

Recently, Integral Powertrain initiated a new round of investment. The provider is determined to invest hundreds of thousands of pounds in upgrading the facilities at its Milton Keynes site in the UK, which is scheduled to be operational by the second quarter of 2019. According to Integral Powertrain, the new round of investment will help the company in expanding its comprehensive testing capabilities.

As part of the upgrade, Horiba will install its latest-generation Vulcan 2WD and 4WD dyno. The dyno possesses high accuracy, repeatability of measurement results, and is suitable for a wide range of vehicle types, including passenger and hybrid cars.

"This upgrade will put us at the forefront of real driving emissions testing and allow us to offer a wider range of services to our existing and new customers, with state-of-the-art equipment, improved processes, and a dedicated customer online portal," said Simon Mead, Development Manager of Integral Powertrain.

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