Dynamic Controllable Clutch: The Future of Electric Propulsion

Something special happened in EV innovation when Burgess-Norton and Means Industries joined forces under the umbrella of Amsted Automotive.

By combining the design, engineering, and manufacturing prowess of Burgess-Norton with the electro-mechanical and advanced metal-forming expertise of Means Industries, Amsted has delivered a revolutionary E-axle solution for electric trucks and SUVs.

Our newly developed Dynamic Controllable Clutch (DCC) technology and accompanying Electro-Mechanical E-axle Disconnect solution allow driveline systems to engage and disengage the rear electric drivetrain from the drive axle efficiently while at the same time conserving energy.

DCC uses electric actuation to create substantial packaging and system efficiencies, eliminating complex hydraulic systems by magnetically latching in each state.

This process significantly reduces the energy requirements to keep AWD and 4WD systems engaged—enabling shift times of less than 20 milliseconds and extending EV range for electric trucks and SUVs by up to 20%.

The upshot? Electric AWD and 4WD vehicles now have greater on-demand performance, with enhanced efficiencies during on-road and off-road conditions.

And this isn’t just a prototype. Our DCC technology and Electro-Mechanical E-axle Disconnect solution are already in action.

Recently, a cutting-edge electric 4WD producer needed to improve range on its 4-motor application. They tapped Amsted to help.

We added two of our disconnect modules to the units that ultimately improved efficiency by 10% while concurrently adding performance characteristics such as individual controls.

Want to learn more about Amsted’s Electro-Mechanical E-axle Disconnect solution and DCC technology?

Download our new white paper today!