Schaeffler has received a Golden Steering Wheel award for its two-in-one electric axle system. Offered by German car magazine Auto Bild and national newspaper Bild am Sonntag, the award is one of Europe’s most coveted auto industry prizes.
Schaeffler’s integrated axle system went up against a quality lineup of competitors to secure a majority of readers’ votes and the final jury decision and come out on top in the Innovation of the Year category.
“We are very proud to have received this important accolade,” said Matthias Zink, CEO Automotive Technologies of Schaeffler. “We have been recognised once again for our pioneering spirit and successful commitment to e-mobility. Our innovative solutions make us a key partner in the transformation to an electrified, more sustainable future.”
The Schaeffler two-in-one axle is an integrated system comprising a reduction gear and electric motor in a single compact unit. Its stand-out features according to Schaeffler include extremely high power density and exceptional acoustic performance.
Thanks to its modular design, the system can accommodate a wide range of customer requirements and is suitable for a number of vehicle platforms, whether hybrid or fully electric.
Following its launch on the Chinese market this year, this electric axle system is now also about to be deployed by a European auto maker. Schaeffler says it is constantly making its electric axle systems more integrated, delivering added scope for highly innovative solutions.
For example, in 2020 the company won several orders for complete three-in-one electric axles – systems that comprise power electronics as well as the electric motor and transmission.
Schaeffler claims its E-Mobility business division is at the forefront of the company’s initiatives to drive the electro mobility transformation forward.
Set up in 2018, the division has already secured volume production orders across all levels of electrification, for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles.