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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

Shaftec’s Latest NTR Focuses on Driveshafts for Electric Vehicles

Date: Friday 20 October 2023

This takes the number of driveshafts launched this year to date to 138. Electric Vehicle applications offered in this latest range extension include Audi E-Tron (AU522L / AU522R); BMW i3 (BM315L / BM315R); Nissan Leaf (NI272L / NI272R); Tesla Model S (TE246L / TE246R); Toyota Prius (TO258L / TO258R) and VW ID3 (VW524L / VW524R).

To the non-technical reader, it might be surprising to learn that some EVs still use a driveshaft, differential, and drive axles. Those that don’t have an internal combustion engine don’t require a driveshaft, as in some applications electric motors take the place of traditional diesel powertrains.

“At Shaftec we work hard meet the needs of all of our customers,” explains Adrian Kitchen, Shaftec’s marketing manager. “We know there is still a huge requirement for parts which fit older vehicles – as people are leaning towards keeping their cars on the roads for longer due to financial constraint. However, we also try to balance this with meeting the needs of more up to date vehicles. This includes accommodating hybrid vehicles and EVs which we firmly believe that once out of warranty, owners should have the freedom of choice to take to their local independent garages for service and repair.”

Shaftec top-tips

When it comes to checking the condition of a driveshaft in an electric vehicle, it’s similar to checking a driveshaft in a traditional vehicle. Here are some things to look out for:

  • Inspect the driveshaft: Look for any signs of damage such as cracks or dents.
  • Check the U-joints: Check if there is any play or looseness in them.
  • Check for vibrations: If you feel any vibrations while driving, it could be an indication of a damaged driveshaft.
  • Listen for noises: If you hear any clunking or grinding noises while driving, it could be an indication of a damaged driveshaft.

Shaftec always advises that if you notice any issues with your vehicle, it’s best to take it to a professional mechanic for inspection and repair.