Automotive Electronic Lock Differential Market Introduction
The automotive electronic lock differential (E-lock differential) is an electronic, designated differential that is designed and fabricated to provide traction on-demand for drivers when needed. A switch incorporated in this system transforms the vehicle from 100% locked to entirely open differential. Normal driving can be resumed with help of this system by flipping the same switch for a second time. The e-lock differential is a highly dependable on-demand differential, having designated operation and for additional strength it has net-forged gears.
Automotive Electronic Lock Differential Market – Competitive Landscape
Key players operating in the global automotive electronic lock differential market are Eaton, GKN plc., Auburn Gear, LLC, Powertrax, Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, and Dana Limited.
In 2006, GKN Driveline unveiled new Electronic Differential Lock. GKN Driveline had begun production in the United States at first phase of a new electronic differential lock for two- and four-wheel-drive vehicles that offers safety and drivability.
Rising demand of electronic lock differential in vehicles for off-road conditions
The automotive electronic lock differential is robust, simple, and highly effective for off-road vehicles where wear of tire is not an issue. The off-road vehicles market is driven by the expansion trends witnessed in construction, mining, and agriculture sectors. Growth in the market for off-road vehicle can also be accredited to the improved automation in the agricultural field.
Most of the vehicles have four wheel drive mechanism which provide higher efficiency to any vehicle. Increasing usage of vehicles on off-road conditions is likely to boost the demand for four wheel drive type e-lock differential. Furthermore, electronic lock differential is highly effective on off-road conditions. Hence, vehicles having automotive electronic lock differential with four-wheel drive are likely to witness high demand during the forecast period.
Rising demand of the passenger and commercial vehicles
Passenger vehicle is likely to lead the market as they are produced in maximum number for 2018. Passenger vehicles are followed by commercial vehicles. The passenger vehicle segment can be further sub-divided into hatchback, sedan, and SUVs. SUVs are mostly used for off-road conditions; hence, penetration of automotive electronic lock differential is likely to be higher in SUVs.