Magna’s CN – JV begins production of eDrives for Volkswagen’s MEB | foundry-planet.com
The company supplies 80 kW front-wheel drive units for the Volkswagen ID.4.
Magna announced that its team HASCO Magna Electric Drive Systems Co., Ltd. (HME) in China has started mass production of secondary eDrive systems for Volkswagen’s MEB (Modular Electric Drive Toolkit) platform.
Specifically, Magna produces eDrive units for the electric crossover Volkswagen ID.4, but could actually also be used in other MEB models from the Volkswagen Group.
Magna’s secondary eDrive is for the front axle. It integrates an asynchronous motor (80 kW), a one-speed gearbox and a high-voltage inverter as well as the corresponding software and control.
The front drive unit is only used in dual engine and all-wheel drive configurations, as the primary drive unit – a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor – is located in the rear (often 150 kW for a total system output of 220 kW).
The permanent magnet motors are produced by Volkswagen Group Components at the Kassel plant in Germany (some components are sourced from other plants). See an interesting report on Volkswagen’s rear electric motor here.
A mass production of front-wheel drive units indicates that Volkswagen will produce and sell a high volume of AWD electric cars.
“HME is the global supplier of secondary eDrives for Volkswagen’s all-wheel drive MEB models with an output of more than 185 kW. The highly integrated eDrive system is specially optimized for secondary eDrives for electrified vehicles. The system was developed using Magna’s fully integrated, modular and scalable building-block approach, resulting in a cost-effective and sophisticated product that meets the diverse needs for global deployment. It is one of many eDrive products in the Magna portfolio, covering power ranges up to 250 kW for all vehicle types.”
Tom Rucker, President of Magna Powertrain said:
“We are very proud to be the global supplier for all secondary eDrives for Volkswagen’s MEB platform and to see the first vehicles come to market. This is Magna’s latest high voltage eDrive system to be industrialized for volume production and we are excited to make it available to the global market.”
Haitao Zhang, President of HASCO, said:
“This development is proof of the successful cooperation between Magna and HASCO and an important milestone in our electrification strategy. As the leading supplier of eDrive systems in China, we are proud to support our customers around the world in their transition to new energy vehicles.”