Effective research and targeted development are paving the way for zero-emissions mobility. They underpin industry efforts to deliver efficient vehicle electrification and transform the entire automotive sector. The task facing companies in this industry is huge, as they not only have to adapt to these changes but must also drive the transformation of their products and processes.
Synergies can be harnessed wherever the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, as Aristotle put it. For this reason, partnerships are an important way of opening up new areas of expertise, combining the respective strengths of individual companies, and expanding the way we look at complex technical relationships. This was exactly the principle that led ElringKlinger to acquire a 27 % stake in hofer powertrain, Nürtingen, Germany, at the beginning of 2017. As a system developer and supplier, hofer powertrain is a highly innovative company that proactively shapes technological developments. It is a global ideas factory, whose expertise ranges from the traditional manual gearbox and modern doubleclutch transmissions through to ground-breaking solutions for hybrid and electric vehicles. The company’s activities range from the development of electric drive systems combining power management electronics, the transmission, and an electric engine all the way through to system integration. The company set its sights on advanced technologies such as these at an early stage and now supplies customized systems for high-end sports and luxury car applications. “Thanks to our technological edge and the successful field trials that we have already conducted, we believe we are seeing a new dimension of driving pleasure, and we want to integrate this experience as soon as possible into other models of vehicles,” explains Wolfgang Stephan, Chief Technology Officer at hofer powertrain.