BorgWarner has announced that it is building an Integrated Drive Module (iDM) for Ford’s new all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV. The iDM comes complete with a BorgWarner thermal-management system and a gearbox integrated with a motor and power electronics from other suppliers.
“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 of BorgWarner. “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.”
Unlike other BorgWarner eGearDrive units, the gearing incorporated within the iDM does not utilize parallel axis gearing. Instead, it features a concentric design with outputs on the same axis as the electric motor, which results in a more compact package. The gearbox can handle 4,278 Nm of axle torque and input speeds up to 13,800 rpm. Also, BorgWarner designed and packaged an integrated park module, along with a cooling and lubrication solution to provide thermal management to the whole iDM system, all within one compact assembly.
The iDM will power the Mustang Mach-E’s rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. For the all-wheel-drive GT version, BorgWarner will supply the secondary drive unit to power the front wheels as well. Production is slated to begin this year.