eCarTec Award for Schaeffler wheel hub drive eWheelDrive

Schaeffler Wheel Hub Drive Wins Bavarian State Award for Electric Mobility

Munich / Herzogenaurach, (PresseBox) - Schaeffler has been presented with the Bavarian State Award for Electric Mobility in the category drive technology, electrical systems and test systems during the leading trade show, eCarTec. This highly prestigious award emphasizes the company's innovation expertise. The award-winning eWheelDrive is a wheel hub drive that enables the integration of forward-looking vehicle architecture and interior concepts, particularly in electric city vehicles. A highly-respected jury judged around 100 submissions according to their scientific and technical performance, marketing management, safety, innovation, engineering, feasibility, stage of development and sustainability.

Rolf Najork, Head of Schaeffler's eMobility Systems division, received the award from Martin Zeil, Bavarian Minister for the Economy, Infrastructure, Transport and Technologies. "This ecological and economical drive concept allows new approaches for city vehicles", says Rolf Najork. "The optimization of space and function provides additional useful space and improved maneuverability. Further advantages of the eWheelDrive are its braking assistance function for increasing driving safety and more rapid response." Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Gutzmer, Member of the Executive Board and CTO at Schaeffler, continues: "The eCarTec Award recognizes our contribution to efficient future mobility. This award is also in recognition of the high level of commitment shown by our creative employees and our corporate culture which fosters innovation."

The Schaeffler eWheelDrive has a power output of up to 70 kW and a maximum torque of 700 Nm. The wheel hub drive has a highly-integrated design with the drive motor, power electronics, liquid cooling, friction brake and control system installed in the wheel. This compact system can be fitted into a standard wheel rim.

The eCarTec trade show for electric mobility is taking place between October 18 and 20 October in Munich, Germany. Over 500 exhibitors from 24 countries are presenting innovations relating to electric mobility on more than 20,000 m² of floor space at the show. During eCarTec, Schaeffler will be showing the eSolutions concept car at Booth 134 in Hall A5, which was presented for the first time at the IAA and contains a selection of Schaeffler products for use in hybrid and electric vehicles.

Schaeffler AG

With its brands INA, LuK and FAG, Schaeffler is a renowned supplier to the automotive industry as well as a leading manufacturer of rolling bearings worldwide. Sales of €9.5 billion were generated at over 180 locations in more than 50 countries in 2010. With over 70,000 employees worldwide, Schaeffler is one of the largest German and European industrial companies in family ownership.

Our main customer is the automotive industry with around 60 percent of our sales. Schaeffler is a renowned development partner to the industry with system expertise for the entire drive train. Precision products for engines, transmissions and chassis applications ensure reduced energy consumption and lower emissions as well as increased driving comfort and safety.

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