What is the future eMachines for electrified vehicles?

4th September 2020
Alex Lynn

A new report by Ricardo has evaluated the future of eMachine development and procurement, with the aim of helping automakers and their supply chain partners decide on the eMachine designs that will power future vehicles – and specifically, determine whether these need to be bespoke or can be off-the-shelf.

The automotive industry is undergoing a significant transition in fields associated with connected, autonomous, shared ownership and electrified powertrain technologies. The report published today by Ricardo – The Future of eMachines – Make or Buy? – examines some of the drivers responsible for the push towards hybridization and electrification of vehicle powertrains. It also engages with one of the most pressing questions for the supply chain: how many players will be able to survive and compete during these significant changes in the industry?

Today, the electric propulsion motors (eMachines) deployed in most current commercially available battery electric, plug-in hybrid and conventional hybrid vehicle products are of a bespoke design which is specific to the automaker. However, if the eMachine sector moves towards off-the-shelf solutions, then it is highly likely that only a few players will be able to compete, as significant volumes will be necessary to offset development costs.

There may still be a case for bespoke eMachine systems in certain market segments, however, in which more players may be able to survive on the lower volumes that will likely result.

This new report analyses the current market in detail and aims to assist decision making for those companies wishing to engage with the market for future electrified powertrains and the eMachines that power them, and to navigate the evolution of this sector.

Crucially, subscribers will be better informed to judge whether eMachines that they design or manufacture in the future need to be bespoke or can be sourced off-the-shelf. 

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