MAHLE at NAIAS 2019: MEET the Mobility Concept
Jan. 16, 2019—MAHLE will present its mobility concept "MEET" (MAHLE Efficient Electric Transport) during AutoMobili-D, Jan. 14-17, at the North American International Auto Show. MEET is systematically aligned to the needs of urban mobility.
The vehicle makes use of an innovative MAHLE 48-volt twin-power drive unit. It combines two electric motors, the transmission and a 48-volt electronics system.
The basic model of MEET accelerates from 0 to 50 km/h in five seconds. When using the new MAHLE motors, each with a peak power of 30 kilowatts, the time drops to less than three seconds.
Maneuvering and parking are supported by the torque vectoring functionality of the MAHLE twin-power drive unit.
Heating elements in the form of thin, flexible films produce surface heating with direct contact to the occupants.
MEET is an affordable vehicle concept. There are several reasons for this:
- MEET is a platform concept. The modular approach can be flexible and transferred to a range of vehicle concepts.
- Economies of scale are generated. For example, the modular drive unit also may be easily used as an e-axle in a 48-volt hybrid system. In addition, MAHLE believes that all the technologies in MEET can be carried over into large-scale production.
- The 48-volt approach requires fewer safety measures in comparison with high-voltage systems, reducing the cost of the drive by 25 percent.