Vitesco Opens New Production Facility in Korea

Vitesco Technologies has opened a new, 2,800sq.m manufacturing space at its Icheon electronics site. Accordingly, the first components for Vitesco Technologies’ EMR4 (Electronics Motor Reducer) electric axle drive will be produced by series manufacturing equipment.

The first parts from the new line will serve to confirm the original sample products’ robustness by testing series parts. Moreover, this phase will last for around six months. During this Hyundai will also integrate the new parts from the Icheon line in pre-series vehicles to validate them. Full series production at the Icheon site will commence by 2024. The new line has a capacity of over 200,000 EMR4 units per year.

A view of the New EMR4 Plant in Icheon, Korea © Vitesco Technologies GmbH (exclusive rights)

Strategic Manufacturing Investment

The highly efficient and compact axle drive EMR4 integrates power electronics, an electric motor, and a reducer in a lightweight unit. In addition, the unit’s active parts and the power electronics (inverter) will be manufactured locally at Icheon.

Roughly a third of the new floor space will be dedicated to stator winding, and another third to the rotor and inverter production. Finally, the remaining is for assembly.

In total Vitesco Technologies has invested more than €80 million in the site extension. Kyung Hee Kim, the Mayor of Icheon, attended the opening ceremony.

Vitesco Technologies’ electric axle drives EMR3 and EMR4 are successful products because they offer an attractive combination of compact size, low weight, high power density, and excellent efficiency.

Joonseok Kim (4th from left), head of Vitesco Technologies Korea, Thomas Stierle (7th from left), Member of the Executive Board and head of the Electrification Solutions division, Icheon City Mayor Kyung Hee Kim (6th from right), and Icheon City Council Chairman Ha-sik Kim (5th from right). © Vitesco Technologies GmbH (exclusive rights)

In addition, the new generation EMR4 is scalable and suited to provide a single solution for complete vehicle platforms and segments.

Hyundai Motor Group chose Vitesco Technologies’ new EMR4 axle drive in March of 2022. Over its lifetime the contract for EMR4 delivery has a total value of more than €2 billion. The version for Hyundai will be a 400 V system with a nominal power of 160 kW.

Moreover, state-of-the-art silicon carbide (SiC) technology in the inverter together with many detail optimizations is giving the EMR4 an even better efficiency than the already very efficient EMR3 axle drive.