Technology News Tracker: Drivetrain Suppliers Move Away from Single Component Improvements

Over the past several years, vehicle subsystem suppliers have started to migrate away from individual component improvements, and instead are more frequently collaborating with other industry experts to create fully-optimized powertrain systems.

This shift has been primarily driven by emissions reduction requirements through greenhouse gas and fuel economy legislation, but also from the continued demand for better fuel economy by equipment owners.

Historically, each subsystem manufacturer would focus on internal optimization and deliver an enhanced engine, drivetrain or axle. Now these manufacturers are thinking about how they fit into the big picture of the entire powertrain’s overall performance.

But the benefits reach further than just lower emissions and fuel usage.

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