Unlike vertically-integrated Tesla, Ford has leveraged its strong supply chain to provide the integrated drive units for Mustang Mach-E.
The iDM comes complete with a BorgWarner thermal-management system and gearbox integrated with a motor and power electronics from other suppliers, to complete an integrated drive unit that can be placed in the front or rear of Mustang Mach-E.
Different than other BorgWarner eGearDrive® units, the gearing incorporated within the iDM does not utilize parallel axis gearing, instead featuring a concentric design with outputs on the same axis as the electric motor, resulting in a more compact package.
The company’s high-performing gearbox enables an efficient, smooth ride capable of handling 3155 ft-lbs (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, BorgWarner says the iDM delivers a high level of integration, impressive system efficiency and optimal noise, vibration and harshness characteristics.
According to BorgWarner, iDM production is slated to begin this year.