Plain text: let them do it themselves

These days two suppliers present new E-axles for the IAA. Some colleagues from the writing guild see the revolution of the car industry in these components. Almost all suppliers in business "drive technology" or "e-motors" have some form of integrated component in their product range, and the individual parts and integration services have been available for a long time anyway. However, if you think this idea through without making any judgements, it becomes clear that the revolution has been in full swing for a long time and is by no means limited to electric axles. The car industry consists to an amazingly large extent of specialists who build you everything that makes a good car. You then have to assemble it yourself or choose a service provider to become a purely virtual or commercial car manufacturer.

The last time I noticed this was the other day on the subject of the niu electric scooter. Well, the drive control was not very well programmed, but that was probably because niu wrote the software himself. If you don’t do anything yourself, you don’t do anything wrong, says politics – especially if the people who do it have a good idea of what’s going on. The rest of the scooter looked very, very good. Cast aluminum supplier. Plastic molding expert plus plastic supplier in careful interaction. Battery manufacturer. Drive technology package from bosch. I have already earmarked myself for the company’s second scooter (M1), in the well-founded hope that outsourced software will give me a properly operable throttle grip.

Or let’s take a look at the electric car startups that have launched, are launching or will launch with favorable e-cars. Streetscooter (bought by DHL). E-go. Sono sion. How can motivated young engineers, who had no money for any kind of design, build such ready-made drives from nothing?? Not at all of course. They bought preserved drive technology like other customers and enjoyed the support that their supplier can give them before the project, during it and in production.

Human network nodes

I became most aware of the state of subcontracting possibilities in 2015 when I spoke with markus kramer, who, with a few friends, put a motorcycle of amazing manufacturing quality on the wheels, which he often final assembles alone: the HKR evo 2. In his time as an employee at KTM, or probably rather: in his overall time as an engineer, markus was able to see what all comes from auben today, or can even come from auben occasionally.

The sleek supersport design of the HKR: purchased. "I wanted it to look right already", says markus. This is much more important for a motorcycle than for a van. The lightweight frame: supplied. Markus drew it, others do the welding. The engine comes from KTM, the old, still collegial employer. The chassis components come from WP, a KTM subsidiary. The self-supporting tank rear with grinders comes after markus’ design from a plastic special offerer, who supplies such a thing also with small stucco numbers to affordable prices. What of the small parts can not be obtained as ready on the shelf, comes from the 3D printers or frasen corresponding farms of such machines or otherwise computer-controlled preformed.