Nidec To Supply E-Axles For Electric GAC NE Aion S

DEC 12 2018 BY MARK KANE 10

Nidec sees high demand for electric powertrains in China and Europe

Japanese company Nidec announced that the first electric car that will be equipped with its e-axle traction motor system will be GAC NE Aion S, scheduled for production from 2019. The Aion S is expected to have over 500 km (310 miles) of range.

The production of e-axle for GAC will also start in 2019 in Nidec’s new dedicated 66,000 m2 factory in the Pinghu Economic Development Zone near Shanghai.

“Nidec’s automotive traction motor system was first revealed in September 2017 and the company later went on to announce the successful development of a refined design that fully integrates the reduction gearbox and inverter. Weighing in at only 83 kg1, the compact and light-weight system achieves a power output of 150 kW and a maximum torque output of 3,900 Nm. It is a modified 87 kg version of this new integrated system that will power the Aion S.”

Nidec has also a deal and joint venture with PSA Group to produce electric motors in Trémery (France) from 2019. The offer seems to be tempting enough for other manufacturers that Nidec is now considering another plant in Europe, which could be in Poland.

“Although the traction motor system will be launched in the Chinese market first, Nidec plans to make the product available to European automobile manufacturers as well in the near future.”

Dr. Kazuya Hayafune, Chief Engineer and Deputy Executive General Manager of the company’s automotive division said:

“Carmakers from all around the world have contacted us since we announced our E-Axle and we are currently considering building another dedicated factory in Poland,”.

About Nidec:

“Nidec started out as a manufacturer of small electric motors for appliances and other machines in 1973 in Kyoto, Japan. Initially a company of only four engineers, it has now grown into a global company group employing over 100,000 people in more than 40 countries across the world. Major products designed and manufactured by Nidec include HDD spindle motors, of which the company has captured 85% of the global market share, and electric power steering motors for automobiles. To date, the company has acquired 60 different businesses, and many of its recent acquisitions, such as that of Honda Elesys (now Nidec Elesys) in 2014, have been focused on strengthening its capabilities in the automotive segment. Nidec also recently launched a joint venture with French Groupe PSA to develop, manufacture and sell a separate lineup of automotive electric traction motors.”

GAC Aion S (Source: AutoTimes)

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10 Comments on "Nidec To Supply E-Axles For Electric GAC NE Aion S"

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Do Not Read Between The Lines

Another hybrid transmission.

Nope. This is a traction motor with integrated gearbox and inverter for BEVs.

Reading is hard.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Yep, nope.

Duh to me.

Wanna put this in an F-D RX-7. Pull that crappy engine out first of course.

That little guy puts out 200HP! I can’t wait till these are produced by the millions and price drops to less than a ice.

Possibly a stupid question, but why the name “traction motor system”? Is that something to do with traction control?

They are japanese, so it’s probably due to mistranslation

Not related to traction control. Traction motors are a type of electric motor with speed and torque specs suitable for vehicle propulsion.
Nidec makes multiple types of electric motors, including the types used in hard drives and home appliances.

Made in China, they will put a few off due to Chinese metallurgy/quality of parts.
Better if it was made in 1st world country with quality Western bearings and materials as these EV motor assemblies need to have a long reliable life.