Latest electrification technologies：Bosch, Schaeffler, ZF, and Jatco
48V mild-hybrid system, motor-drive systems, hybrid modules
In this report we give an update on the latest electrification technologies either already developed or under development by major suppliers, which were exhibited at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015.
Robert Bosch GmbH exhibited its 48V mild-hybrid system that the company plans to launch around 2016. Schaeffler AG exhibited hybrid modules capable of being equipped on current models, 48V-compatible electric stabilizers, and other products. ZF Friedrichshafen AG exhibited an all-electric, automated-driving concept car that has front-axle steering angles of up to 75 degrees, promoting its autonomous-driving technology.
NSK Ltd. exhibited an EV drive system consisting with traction reducer that transmits power without using gears. NTN Corporation displayed a two-motor drive system that achieves torque vectoring based on the two, individual drives being housed on the left and right wheels, respectively. Jatco Ltd. is in the process of developing a CVT that achieves a 40% reduction in terms of three aspects: size, weight, and friction, which are going to be needed even more in the future for all types vehicles such as gasoline, all-electric, etc.
European OEMs and suppliers plan to launch 48V hybrid systems after 2016 (Feb. 2015)