Well-respected industry supplier Zytek Automotive has revealed it latest development: a new, third-generation modular electric vehicle (EV) powertrain that it claims offers numerous pricing and packaging advantages over existing hardware. Suitable for -- and scalable to -- virtually all types of future electric vehicle applications, this fully-integrated package is 45 percent lighter in its air-cooled form and weighs nearly a third less in a liquid-cooled configuration than its current comparable counterparts.

Zytek's EV power module is based around a new, high-efficiency electric motor teamed with an integrated Zytek Electric Vehicle Control Module that optimizes both the system's total output potential and its power delivery. The firm, which has already produced a variety of integrated EV systems for various European and U.S. automakers, says its latest offering is designed to offer full and direct integration with all current OEM electronic control systems. To further optimize the package, Zytek has contracted with EV transmission specialist, Vocis, for a dedicated gearbox to back this new powertrain module. The choice of a specific battery type and supplier will be left to the automaker.

While initial results are encouraging, Zytek Automotive managing director Neil Heslington is realistic but optimistic about the serious challenges that still lie ahead: "The steps required to move from today's low-volume trials to tomorrow's fully-homologated production vehicles are very substantial and must not be underestimated. Everything has to be re-evaluated, from development processes to dealer training. However, this new powertrain, combined with our substantial experience of EV and hybrid vehicle production programs, will take time and cost out of this activity while helping to deliver the quality, refinement and driving experience that discerning customers demand."

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