Across the off-highway industries there are many factors signalling a need for a switch into electrification for vehicle OEMS, such as the introduction of Stage V regulations.

Ashwoods Electric Motors boast cutting edge permanent magnet technology in their innovative electric motors, and the Advanced Engineering Team at Innovation Valley are bringing a solution to the market for OEMs.

One easy way of complying with the imminent regulatory changes is through the addition of an on-engine generator to an existing or downsized spark ignition or compression ignition engine. This is where the Ashwoods Electric Motors’ on-engine generator comes to the fore.

The Ashwoods on-engine generator solution incorporates and utilises all of the benefits enabled by the aforementioned interior permanent magnet technology. With this in mind, the Ashwoods on-engine generator offers huge advancements in reducing fuel consumption, emissions and operating costs – all improving efficiency as well as ease of packaging and installation.

In certain applications, a further benefit can be seen by replacing the traditional hydrostatic architecture with an electrified architecture, coupled with an on-engine generator.

This patent-pending technology has been developed via a range of programmes with OEMs, giving Ashwoods a wealth of experience in electro-mechanical integration in bespoke solutions from concept through to production. The Advanced Engineering Team at Ashwoods provide full customer support throughout the entirety of any engineering programme and product lifecycle.

The beauty of the Ashwoods technology is that it can be adapted depending on the application and needs of the customer. For example, one solution, for applications requiring a permanently coupled electric machine, involves rotating components in the engine, allowing for vastly reduced inertial and vibrational impact when compared to traditional technologies. Similarly, if the application demands the option to couple and decouple the motor from the engine, Ashwoods on-engine generator can run in electric only mode. This allows the rotor to spin without the extra load of the crankshaft or using fuel. This solution is a proprietary Ashwoods technology, replacing a traditional electro-mechanical clutch – offering a reduction in cost, weight and size.

Both of the options above are able to fully integrate into the engine and can even become part of the engine bell housing to provide an extremely compact and cost-effective alternative compared to the current solutions being used in the market today.

Innovative engineering solutions, combined with a high-volume production line, are central tenets of Ashwoods Electric Motors’ identity. Read more about our state-of-the-art production facility and our Advanced Engineering Team on our website.

Iain has worked at Ashwoods Electric Motors since the beginning of 2016. Formally working with Mercedes Benz on high-performance powertrains, Iain obtained a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London. A member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, he is in charge of looking after all projects be it customer projects or government funded projects. He looks at how we develop new technology or our manufacturing capabilities. His LinkedIn profile can be found here.