Honda’s new electric SUV to use Vitesco’s integrated axle drive

Vitesco Technologies is to supply its integrated electric axle drive EMR3 to Honda for its new all-electric e:Ny1 SUV, which goes on sale in Europe this October.

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Vitesco Technologies, a leading international supplier of modern drive technologies and electrification solutions, is delivering its integrated axle drive EMR3 (3rd generation, Electronics Motor Reducer) to Honda for its new B-segment all-electric SUV. In Europe this vehicle, based on Honda’s new e:N Architecture F, will be marketed under the name e:Ny1. 

The E-drive is a three-i-one unit integrating power electronics, electric motor, and reducer. It is the third generation of Vitesco Technologies’ integrated axle drives and has proven a big market success for the company.

“It is an honour for us to deliver our successful electric axle drive to Honda for its new e:Ny1 model. We also see this business as a confirmation of our global strategy with well-established manufacturing and R&D sites in core world markets,” said Thomas Stierle, member of the Executive Board and division head of Vitesco Technologies’ Electrification Solution.

Vitesco's electric axle drive helps the Honda e:Ny1 achieve a peak output of 150 kW, and 310 Nm of torque, and a limited top speed of 160kph

Despite its compact dimensions and its low weight of only 76 kg, the axle drives for Honda achieves a peak output of 150 kW, and 310 Nm of torque. This specification allows e:Ny1 to reach a limited top speed of 160kph. The Japanese car maker refers to the drive unit as a ‘3-in-1 drive unit’. 

The European model e:Ny1 will be available in the market from October 2023 onwards.

The EMR3 axle drive installed in the Honda e:Ny1 model integrates power electronics, electric motor and reducer. ©Vitesco Technologies GmbH

Power and efficiency from a compact unit 

Honda uses the electric axle drive for its new e:N Architecture F, which is a front-axle drive platform. The new model e:Ny1 is a 4-door B-segment EV SUV with a maximum range of 412 km (under WLTP test conditions). 

The performance features have made the axle drive a very successful product for Vitesco Technologies. As of June 2023, more than three-quarters of a million units have already been manufactured since 2019. So far, the EMR3 was chosen for 8 vehicle brands and demand continues to be strong.


The EMR3 electric axle drive is a highly integrated, compact and lightweight unit comprising a permanent magnet synchronous motor, power electronics (inverter) and reduction gear (reducer). This unit has been standard fitment in numerous passenger car models by European and Asian manufacturers since 2019. As per Vitesco, EMR3 is “a perfect solution for the electrification of multi-track vehicles in the powersports segment such as ATVs (All-Terrain Vehicles) and SSVs (Side-by-Side Vehicles) or for e-rickshaws.”

The scalable electric drive provides up to 150 kW of power and up to 2,900 Nm of torque, weighs only 76 kilograms and its dimensions are barely larger than a carry-on case (40x35x55 cm).

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