“Zero accidents, zero emissions and zero stress thanks to smart connectivity and convenience: this is what our pioneering technologies are helping to realize”, said Continental CEO Elmar Degenhart outlining the company's strategy. But that's what it sounds like wherever the automotive industry talks about the future. We took a closer look.
Green, according to today's definition that means primarily electric, of course. Continental presented an electric axle drive; for the company this is already the third generation of such drivetrains. The motor, together with the power electronics and a reduction gear, is integrated in a single compact housing. The liquid-cooled engine is available in two power ratings, 120 kW and 150 kW. Nevertheless, the motor weighs less than 80 kg.
According to the company, the engine has been tested and is ready for series production. With these specifications, Continental is aiming right into the heart of the future market for electric cars: affordable cars suitable for everyday use for everyone. It is said that this engine will be seen in a small European car and a compact SUV from Asia before the end of the year. This drive also drives the Sion model of the German EV startup Sono Motors, the first vehicle to be paved over and over with solar cells - the solar cells are intended to partially charge the battery when stationary and make their contribution to increasing the range.