Schaeffler, a Troy-based automotive and industrial supplier, is supplying its modular hybrid transmission to the 2020 Ford Explorer and Police Interceptor Utility, as well as the 2020 Lincoln Aviator.
The modular hybrid transmission enables hybridization for the SUV, truck, and off-road vehicle segments, while providing more power and torque, according to Schaeffler.
“Mobility for tomorrow will be electrified,” says Marc McGrath, CEO of Schaeffler Americas. “In preparation, by 2020, Schaeffler will have invested more than 500 million euros ($550 million) in research, development, and production of electric drive units to ensure we’re able to provide our customers with solutions for their next-generation needs.
“We’re delighted to supply the Lincoln Aviator and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles with our modular hybrid transmission as we further define the industry’s needs. We also appreciate Ford’s cooperation on this project over the last four years and are thankful for being part of Ford’s industry leading future e-mobility architecture.”
Manufactured at Schaeffler’s recently expanded Wooster, Ohio campus, the U.S. center for the company’s advanced e-mobility development, the modular hybrid transmission offers the following drive modes: ICE (internal combustion engine) drive; electric drive; ICE + e-drive for max performance; and recuperation.
The company says it offers a number of benefits, including: improved fuel economy; zero local emissions; instantaneous acceleration; an onboard generator; integrated torque converter; and improved towing.