Robert Bosch GmbH, CIE Automotive, Fuchs Petrolub AG, GKN Driveline, Renault, Romax Technology, RWTH Aachen
(Germany, Spain, France, UK)
The ODIN (Optimized electric Drivetrain by INtegration) project aims at developing a compact, efficient, highly integrated electric motor for a typical entry power level urban electric vehicle. The project partners will focus on optimizing the integration of mechanical and electrical components into one eDrive-housing. Innovative simulation and optimization software tools will be used early in the concept phase to assess optimal design variations. The final design will be built as a prototype and tested in a demo car.
One of the primary goals in the development of electric vehicles is to reduce cost while ensuring performance and meeting automotive quality standards necessary for market success. Consequently the e-powertrain (motor and power electronics) has to be both cost attractive and power efficient. Highly integrated powertrains have a high potential to reduce cost and enable the use of high-speed electric motors to reduce space and weight.
The ODIN Consortium is convinced that high integration from the very first design step makes use of synergetic effects between the components and optimizes the overall production process. The result of the ODIN project will be a light and compact e-powertrain mounted in a demo car (Renault Zoe) to prove its qualification as the future technology for electric vehicles.