All-electric vehicles like the Ford Mustang Mach-E are starting to win people over with a couple of key benefits – solid range figures that allow us to skip the gas station, and instant torque that provides a fun driving experience. But the Mustang Mach-E also has a secret weapon up its sleeve that gives it an advantage over some other EVs on the market – BorgWarner‘s Integrated Drive Module (iDM).
The iDM comes complete with a BorgWarner thermal-management system and gearbox integrated with a motor and power electronics from other suppliers. Different than other BorgWarner eGearDrive units, the gearing incorporated within the iDM does not utilize parallel axis gearing, but instead features a concentric design with outputs on the same axis as the electric motor, resulting in a more compact package.
BorgWarner’s high-performing 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 optimal thermal-management to the whole iDM system, all within one compact assembly.
Beyond its versatile architecture, the company’s iDM delivers a high level of integration, impressive system efficiency, and optimal noise, vibration, and harshness characteristics.
The iDM will power the Mustang Mach-E in both 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.
“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,” said Dr. Stefan Demmerle, President and General Manager, BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems. “Like the Mustang Mach-E, our iDMs are made to excite drivers craving an eco-friendly, thrilling ride, and we’re excited to once again partner with Ford, this time to deliver a high-quality, clean and efficient propulsion solution to the high-performance electrification market.”
Mach-E production is scheduled to begin at the Ford Cuautitlan Plant in Mexico later this month. Deliveries are expected to begin in the U.S. shortly thereafter, while Europe will begin receiving units in early 2021.