Volkswagen introduces new electric drive generation for ID. family.
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Volkswagen introduces new electric drive generation for ID. family.

The new Volkswagen electric powertrain has an output of 210 kW (286 PS) with a maximum torque of around 550 Nm – depending on the vehicle’s gear ratio.

Volkswagen has launched a new electric drive generation for their ID. family, which promises to deliver higher performance and improved efficiency. The new APP550 rear-wheel drive power unit has been completely developed from scratch, and is expected to offer a significant boost to the ID. models in terms of power and range.

According to Volkswagen, the new powertrain will be capable of delivering an output of 210 kW (286 PS), with a maximum torque of around 550 Nm - depending on the vehicle’s gear ratio. The high torque, in particular, is expected to provide superior power development both from standstill and at higher speeds.

The new APP550 electric drive achieves its high torque thanks to an enhanced stator with a higher effective number of windings and a larger wire cross-section. The rotor, on the other hand, is equipped with a more powerful permanent magnet that has a higher load capacity. The drive has also been reinforced to withstand the considerable torques produced.

To increase the efficiency of the electric drive, Volkswagen has optimised a number of components in the powertrain, including the thermal management system. The new drive has an energy-saving cooling system that operates without an electrically driven oil pump. The system is able to independently cool itself via the gear wheels of the gearbox and specially formed components for oil supply and distribution. The heated oil is cooled by the vehicle’s coolant circuit, which keeps the drive at operating temperature. The outside of the stator is equipped with a water heat sink.

The first vehicles with the new drive generation are expected to be delivered from the end of this year, with a 210 kW (286 PS) version being offered initially. This new power unit promises to deliver a more powerful and efficient driving experience for the ID. family, which has already received positive reviews for its all-electric platform.

The drive system with gearbox, rotor and stator will be produced at the Volkswagen Group Components plant in Kassel.

Alexander Krick, Head of Technical Development E-Drive, Power Electronics & Transmission at Group Components: “We have been developing electric drive motors and their gearboxes for 15 years now, and have also been producing them here at our location for over 10 years.” Product and process innovations in the electric drive motor and gearbox result in a significant increase in efficiency and performance. Krick: “Drawing on our many years of experience, we optimised the overall system through, among other things, the use of special electrical sheets and customised machining processes, and were thus able to significantly increase efficiency.”

Also Read: BMW Group reports significant growth in global sales of fully-electric vehicles in Q1 2023.

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