[ automotive ]

[ drive solutions for the mobility of the future ]


Since its inception over a century ago, the automotive industry has relentlessly evolved, giving birth to numerous technological milestones. The still most widespread internal combustion engine has revolutionized our mobility and experienced significant advancements. However, in recent years, the growing concern for environmental impacts and the desire for sustainable solutions have paved the way for a new era: the era of electromobility.

Electric vehicles have become a rising trend, fundamentally changing the way we commute. With a focus on environmentally friendly propulsion and innovative technologies, electric cars have gained immense popularity in recent years.

Current sales figures and forecasts clearly indicate that the demand for electric vehicles is steadily growing, enlarging their market share. Automotive manufacturers are heavily investing in the development and production of electric vehicles to meet the growing needs of consumers and simultaneously shape a sustainable future. The fact is, the automotive industry will undergo significant changes due to the initiated structural transformation and disruptive propulsion concepts.

According to a study by McKinsey, in the EU, by 2030, one in four passenger cars – totaling more than 70 million vehicles – will have an electric drive. The projected market share of electric cars in newly registered passenger cars will reach approximately 75% in Europe by 2030, with China and the USA closely following at 70% and 65%, respectively.

Sustainability, the digital transformation, improved charging infrastructure and range, as well as an increasingly positive image of electric vehicles, are driving factors behind electromobility. Incentive programs and tax benefits support market growth. The advantages are evident, more so than ever before:

  • In terms of carbon footprint, today’s electric vehicles become cleaner and more environmentally friendly than their internal combustion engine counterparts after covering just 60,000 km, provided that they are charged with electricity from renewable sources.
  • Operating costs are lower due to savings in taxes, wear & tear, and maintenance – not to mention the ever-increasing gasoline and diesel prices.
  • Electromobility is the growth market par excellence. Consequently, the lion’s share of research and development is being invested in this field. On the other hand, further advancements in internal combustion engines are hardly expected. Therefore, for end consumers, electromobility is a future-proof decision.
  • An increasing number of people who drive electric cars or have taken a test drive realize that electric vehicles are cool and fun to drive! The acceleration is remarkable, and the lower center of gravity provides excellent road handling. Battery capacities and charging station networks are continuously expanding. And just like with conventional vehicles, driving with foresight and moderation can almost double the range.

Morat Swoboda Motion contributes to accompany the structural transformation of the automotive industry with high-precision and high-performance gear components, gearboxes, electronic and electromechanical assemblies, as well as complete drive systems. Key products from Morat Swoboda Motion for future mobility include drive shafts for electric motors, gearboxes for electro-hydraulic braking systems, wheel sets for electric power steering systems (EPS), gearwheel sets for electric axle drive, or plastic components and actuators for start-stop systems and various comfort applications.

[ application examples ]

Gear wheel set for electric axle drive

In electric vehicles, the internal combustion engine is replaced by an electric axle drive. In this respect, the trend is towards compact drive units including motor, controller and gearbox. Morat Swoboda Motion manufactures gear wheel sets that are used in such electric axle drives. Highly complex, noise-optimized requirements for the microgeometry of the gears are achieved, among other things, by gear honing and low-twist gear grinding.

Planetary gear for braking system

Electrohydraulic brake systems are increasingly being replaced by fully electric solutions. This multi-stage planetary gear is used in an electromechanical braking system for electric vehicles. The gearbox has a particularly small installation space, is designed to be highly efficient and robust against the impulse loads caused by the braking function.

Rotor shafts

The rotor shafts create the connection between the electric motor and the gearbox and rotate at speeds of up to 20,000 rpm. In order to meet the requirements for high precision and optimal noise and vibration behavior, the narrowest shape and position tolerances must be observed.

Worm gear sets

Helical gear for the servo unit of electric steering systems with the highest safety requirements.
Increasing demands on driving comfort and energy efficiency are achieved through the optimal interaction of different materials with a worm made of metal and a worm wheel made of high-performance plastic. The system is used in combustion and electric vehicles.

Pinion for electromechanical steering systems

Steering pinions are installed to transmit the power from the steering column and servo unit to the rack of the electric power steering. These steering pinions are manufactured at Morat Swoboda on a production line that is designed to produce several different part variants. The parts are turned, geared and then dual-frequency induction hardened in-house.

Plastic components

Plastic components, which are manufactured including the assembly of the sintered bushings, are used in different combinations in starters with integrated start/stop technology. In actual city traffic, the reductions in both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions can reach up to 15%.

Drive shaft

Production of various drive shafts for major automotive suppliers. The rotor shafts create the connection between the electric motor and the gearbox and rotate at speeds of up to 20,000 rpm. In order to meet the requirements for high precision and optimal noise and vibration behavior, the narrowest shape and position tolerances must be observed. Morat Swoboda carries out all process steps, including heat treatment, in-house.

Drive shaft

This electric vehicle drive shaft is manufactured for a large automotive supplier. It establishes the connection from the electric motor to the transmission. To satisfy the requirements set for high precision and low noise, the spherically ground gear is manufactured with a quality level of 3. Morat Swoboda completes all process steps, including hardening, in-house.

Input shaft for sports cars

This input shaft is manufactured for a worldwide leader in the manufacture of sports cars and Formula One cars. Quick shift times and high torques present steep requirements for the input shaft in terms of strength, weight and backlash. This results in improvements to the power and efficiency of the entire drivetrain. We cover the entire manufacturing chain in-house: turning, gear cutting, industrial hardening, adjusting, internal gear shaping and shoulder grinding (including grinder burn and crack testing).

Comfort drive

This drive is used for the electric sunshade in the window-darkening systems of luxury vehicles. It sets two sunshades in motion simultaneously: a vertical shade for the main window, plus a horizontal one for the side window. The combination of various plastics and damping elements made of TPE keeps the noise level to a minimum.