When most people think of Getrag, visions of transmissions commonly pop into mind. However, with vehicle electrification increasingly becoming a reality, the transmission business will inevitably change and Getrag wants to be prepared. Thus, the German company is starting to promote a range extender system comprising a small engine, electric motor and a two-speed gearbox.
The full package is designed to run mostly as a series hybrid with primary electric drive and the engine starting only when the battery gets low. If needed, the engine can also drive the wheels directly in a parallel hybrid mode. The specs call for a motor of 30-45 kilowatts. No specifications are given for the engine but, from the illustrations, it is clearly a two cylinder of unknown origin. A 10-20 kW belt driven alternator on the engine is used to charge the battery. Overall, this system would be suitable for a small urban commuter car. No automaker has yet given an indication that it plans to use the Getrag system. The press release is after the jump.