BorgWarner Inc., a large auto supplier in Auburn Hills, announced Wednesday it is building a power-packed Integrated Drive Module (iDM) for Ford’s new all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV. The vehicle is due to be in showrooms in the fall.
The iDM comes complete with a BorgWarner thermal-management system and gearbox integrated with a motor and power electronics from other suppliers.
The iDM is being supplied to power the Mustang Mach-E’s rear-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. On the all-wheel-drive GT version, BorgWarner is supplying the secondary drive unit to power the front wheels as well. Start of production is slated to begin this year.
“Our knowledge of system integration, paired with our gearing proficiency, allows us to design iDMs that are easy to assemble and operate as quietly as possible, which is even more important in electrified vehicles,” says Stefan Demmerle, president and general manager at BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems.
BorgWarner said the customized drive module does not utilize parallel axis gearing, instead featuring a concentric design with outputs on the same axis as the electric motor, resulting in a more compact package.
The company’s gearbox enables an efficient, smooth ride capable of handling 4,278 Nm of axle torque and input speeds up to 13,800 rpm.
Additionally, BorgWarner designed and packaged an integrated park module, along with an efficient cooling and lubrication solution to provide thermal-management to the whole iDM system, all within one compact assembly.
Beyond its versatile architecture, the company’s iDM delivers integration, system efficiency and optimal noise, vibration, and harshness characteristics.
In Related News, Borg Warner reported Wednesday net sales were $1.4 billion million in the second quarter, down 44 percent from $2.6 billion for the second quarter of 2019 due primarily to production disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, including production slowdowns and shutdowns.
Net loss for the second quarter was $98 million compared with net income of $172 million for the second quarter 2019.
For the first six months of 2020, net sales were $3.7 billion, down 28 percent from $5.1 billion in the first six months of 2019. Net income in the first six months of 2020 was $31 million compared with $332 million for the first six months of 2019.
BorgWarner, a global product leader in clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid, and electric vehicles, operates manufacturing and technical facilities in 67 locations in 19 countries. The company employs approximately 29,000 worldwide.