AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- FEV North America, Inc. (FEV) a leading developer of vehicle systems and advanced powertrain technologies, will be showing its advanced Dual Clutch Transmission (xDCT) at the 2015 SAE World Congress, April 21 – 23 at Cobo Center in Detroit, Mich. The transmission, part of a larger family of compact, highly efficient transmissions, demonstrates FEV's view of the vehicle as a connected system in which all functions contribute to efficiency and enhanced performance.
The xDCT transmissions take a new approach to the dual clutch transmission, which has been traditionally viewed as limited due to mechanical complexity, package space, and cost. The xDCT, on the other hand, incorporates "gear generation" as its main feature, which allows for a higher number of gear ratios without increasing mechanical complexity. This enables small gear steps and short 1st gears which is beneficial in achieving good launch performance and shift quality.
Lower number of rotating parts translates to reduced parasitic drag, which leads to further improved mechanical efficiency. The combination of improved efficiency and wide ratio spread contributes to reduced vehicle fuel consumption. This transmission can also be hybridized for future applications.
The FEV Group is an internationally recognized powertrain and vehicle engineering company that supplies the global transportation industry. FEV offers a complete range of engineering services, providing support across the globe to customers in the design, analysis, prototyping, powertrain and transmission development, as well as vehicle integration, calibration and homologation for advanced internal combustion gasoline-, diesel-, and alternative-fueled powertrains. FEV also designs, develops and prototypes advanced vehicle / powertrain electronic control systems and hybrid-electric engine concepts that address future emission and fuel economy standards. The company has expanded its engineering capabilities to include full vehicle systems and now offers broad expertise in electronics, telematics and infotainment system engineering. The FEV Test Systems division is a global supplier of advanced test cell, instrumentation and test equipment. The FEV Group employs a staff of over 3,800 highly skilled specialists at advanced technical centers on three continents. FEV North America, Inc. employs over 450 personnel in its Technical Center in Auburn Hills, MI.
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