On Road Drivetrain - Electric
High fuel prices and increasing pressures from government on automakers to raise their fuel economy standards have resulted in the emergence of electric vehicles. However, many consumers question whether electric vehicles can perform as well as gas-powered vehicles. Until this performance question is answered, there will always be hesitancy to embrace electric vehicles. These doubts can now be answered.
The innovative NuVinc CVP is a new, revolutionary class of CVT transmission that gives electric vehicles real-world performance and makes them genuinely competitive with gas-powered vehicles. It offers seamless shifting over an “infinite” number of ratios. And it dramatically improves acceleration, hill climbing and top-end speed while extending range and battery life.
Fallbrook has partnered with electric vehicle manufacturer Tomberlin Group and TEAM Industries, a leading designer and manufacturer of drivelines, to develop electric vehicle transmission prototypes. The first initiative under this joint effort is with Tomberlin and its new Anvil™ electric city car. Fallbrook, TEAM and Tomberlin have expanded the focus of their efforts and are exploring the application of NuVinci technology to additional Tomberlin product lines.
Fallbrook has also partnered with Ningbo Shentong Group, a Tier 1 supplier to the Chinese automotive industry, to manufacture NuVinci CVP transmissions for electric-powered passenger cars and light trucks. Over time, the joint venture will manufacture, market and sell affordable NuVinci CVP transmissions and other drivetrain components to vehicle manufacturers in China and abroad.
Through NuVinci technology in electric vehicles, Fallbrook is committed to making eco-friendly transportation a reality and feasible for the global market.
Unlike direct drive transmissions that depend upon high performance motors and power-electronics, the NuVinci® CVP uses a set of rotating and tilting balls positioned between the input and output components of the transmission that tilt to vary the speed ratio of the transmission. The overall functionality of the vehicle is improved through the global management of electrical energy using the transmission to manage current levels and usage. As a result, the NuVinci CVP offers a seamless and continuous transition to any ratio, enabling electric vehicle drivetrains to achieve more torque for quick starts with less current draw, and thus improve battery life and vehicle range.
See a video demonstration and comparison test of the increased torque and towing capacity of an electric utility vehicle equipped with a NuVinci continuously variable planetary transmission. Play Video (on YouTube).