Supplier Spotlight

Show Reviews

Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2017 Show Review

Click here to read

 

Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2016 Show Review

Click here to read

 

Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2015 Show Review

Click here to read

 

Automotive Testing Expo North America 2014 Show Review

Click here to read

 

Automotive Testing Expo India 2014 Show Review

Click here to read

 

Latest Video


Euro NCAP crash footage

LV

Range Rover Velar crash test montage October 2017

Click here to watch the video


Accelerate acoustic troubleshooting

LV

A modular digital microphone array from Siemens PLM Software gives an instant overview of sound sources on any noise-generating object

Click here to watch the video

If you could pick only one, where would you prefer to perform climatic testing?

Articles

« back to listing

Schaeffler's hybrid prototype

Schaeffler Group is continuing its drive towards developing greener automotive technologies with its hybrid demonstration vehicle, the Schaeffler Hybrid.

 

Precision bearings and automotive engine components manufacturer Schaeffler Group is continuing its drive towards developing greener automotive technologies with its hybrid demonstration vehicle, the Schaeffler Hybrid.

Based on a Vauxhall Corsa, this fully operational hybrid vehicle is part of an advanced development project at Schaeffler that enables practical comparisons to be made of a number of different vehicle configurations and driving conditions. As well as using a conventional volume-manufactured combustion engine, the Schaeffler Hybrid also incorporates a central electric motor and two wheel hub motors. The vehicle incorporates every Schaeffler brand, including INA, FAG, LuK, IDAM and AFT.

“Being able to demonstrate and compare the various concepts of conventional and electric or hybrid vehicles, as well as realistic testing, played a decisive role in implementing the Schaeffler Hybrid,” sais Dr Peter Gutzmer, Member of the Executive Management Board responsible for technical development at the Schaeffler Group.

“Each of the various elements can be switched on or off to simulate a wide range of different driving conditions. These options range from classic operation using a combustion engine, through to parallel hybrid or serial hybrid operation, or on an electric motor-only basis.”

The combustion engine can power the vehicle and be coupled for use as a range extender. An automated manual transmission increases the options available. The transmission incorporates Schaeffler’s LuK clutch products, which are specifically matched to the requirements of hybrid vehicles. The energy store, which is a 16kWh lithium-ion battery (400V, 400A), is charged using energy recovery methods, via a range extender and an external power supply (plug-in hybrid).

“Another important aspect of this advanced development project is the cross-functional development activities of the various Schaeffler brands, including INA, LuK, FAG, IDAM and AFT products,” stated Gutzmer.

The vehicle’s central unit is connected to the automated manual transmission using a toothed chain that drives the front wheels. This unit comprises a liquid-cooled, 50kW, 95Nm electric motor, which was designed and manufactured by IDAM (INA Drives & Mechatronics).

The wheel hub motors were also developed by Schaeffler. The motors mounted in the vehicle have an output of around 50kW each and a torque output of approximately 530Nm. During the design and manufacture of these high-performance components, Schaeffler was able to draw on its in-house expertise in wheel bearings and direct drive technologies. The wheel hub motors each form a compact unit that integrates a wheel bearing, drive and brake. The advantage of these drive units is the fact that they can be integrated in an existing vehicle platform without making any major changes to the vehicle architecture and offer incredibly low noise levels.

“The Schaeffler Hybrid will not go into volume production,” said  Gutzmer. “Rather it serves as a vehicle of ideas. For example, with our “CO2ncept-10%” vehicle, which is based on a Porsche Cayenne, we successfully demonstrated the advantages of reducing both the fuel consumption and emissions by reducing friction in the drivetrain. With the Schaeffler Hybrid, we want to demonstrate that the Schaeffler Group takes a holistic approach to mobility and offers innovative products for e-mobility solutions in its portfolio.”

 

Read Latest Issue
Read Latest Issue

Web Exclusives

The importance of software engineering

Tier 1 supplier GKN’s software and electronics manager, Michael Schomisch, discusses how software development is becoming increasingly important in vehicle testing
Click here to read more



Daimler reveals how the GLC F-Cell went from testing to production

With the Mercedes GLC F-Cell SUV unveiled at Frankfurt this week, Daimler has revealed the extensive testing process the first production plug-in hydrogen-powered car was put through
Click here to read more



Speaker Q&A: Jerry Beeney, FLIR Systems

The business development manager, who will be presenting at Automotive Testing Expo in Novi, Michigan, discusses current measurement tools and techniques used to measure high-speed targets, including thermal cameras and contact and non-contact temperature measurement systems.
Click here to read more



Conti celebrates 50th anniversary of the Contidrom

The German tire giant looks back on 50 years of testing and development at its flagship facility
Click here to read more



Cruden launches new simulator technology

The system designed for ADAS and autonomous vehicle testing enables engineers to add as much hardware- or software-in-the-loop as they wish
Click here to read more




Supplier Spotlight

Supplier SpotlightClick here for listings and information on leading suppliers covering all aspects of the automotive testing industry. Want to see your company included? Contact jason.sullivan@ukimediaevents.com for more details.

فروشگاه اینترنتی فروشگاه اینترنتی سیستم همکاری در فروش ماهواره آنلاین اندروید کانال تلگرام چت روم دانلود فیلم فروشگظ;ه اینترنتی

Submit your industry opinion

Industry BlogDo you have an opinion you'd like to share with the automotive testing community? Good or bad, we'd like to hear your views and opinions on the leading issues shaping the industry. Share your comments by sending up to 500 words to john.thornton@ukimediaevents.com

Advertising

Recruitment AdTo receive information on booking an advertising banner please email jason.sullivan@ukimediaevents.com