Following grant funding from Innovate UK’s IDP 14 Programme, Revolve are embarking on a very exciting new project.
The team have started work on an eAxle (Electric Axle) project, which will deliver an innovative, fully-integrated, low-cost e-axle consisting of power electronics, electrical machine and gearbox. This product platform is aimed at the automotive / MGV / HGV sectors with a clear route to UK Tier 1 &2 manufacture.
The high-cost of electric powertrains is limiting the speed of uptake of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles and this project aims to deliver a fully-integrated e-Axle which will beat UK Automotive Council 2025 cost targets for these technologies and be suitable for UK manufacture.
This will simultaneously increase the speed of uptake of electric vehicles, and increase the number of skilled manufacturing jobs in the UK.
The e-axle will beat 2025 cost targets by utilising a novel polymer-bonded rotor and ultra-low-cost roll-up stator construction in the electrical machine.
The power electronics will combine an optimised power stage layout with novel control and cooling techniques. Advanced system-level optimisation tools will also be used to size the e-axle and ensure the best gearbox topology is selected for the application. The e-axle will be demonstrated in a mule vehicle.
The delivery of this projects sees the Revolve Team work alongside a consortium of partners also specialising in this field, including Involution Technologies, eDriveEngineering, Lyra Electronics, Detroit Electric.