Continental is set to develop continuously variable automatic transmissions for private urban transport incorporating Fallbrook Technologies’ NuVinci Technology.
The international automotive supplier Continental has entered into licensing and engineering services agreements with Fallbrook Technologies Inc., the central focus of their collaboration being the NuVinci transmission technology developed by the US firm. Fallbrook develops, manufactures, and sells transmission systems and offers products based on NuVinci continuously variable transmission technology.
This continuously variable planetary (CVP) is a new class of continuously variable transmission (CVT) utilizing rotating balls that allow the transmission ratio to change continuously. “This collaboration with Fallbrook will provide us with the opportunity to expand our business activities in the area of private urban mobility,” said Rudolf Stark, Head of the Transmission Business Unit in the Powertrain Division. “The aim of the collaboration is to develop new electromechanical transmission solutions for urban transport on the basis of this continuously variable automatic transmission.”
This partnership is a major step towards Fallbrook Technologies’ goal to advertise NuVinci technology as widely as possible, according to company’s Chairman and CEO William G. Klehm III. With an already strong position in the bicycle industry, Fallbrook is seeking to increase its influence in the automotive industry.
In the NuVinci transmission, Fallbrook is changing transmissions from “Gears to Spheres” using rotating balls arranged in a circle, which are located between the input and output components of the transmission. Tilting the balls changes their contact diameter and therefore the transmission ratio. NuVinci transmissions can be configured to replace various types of planetary transmissions with a compact unit that can improve system efficiency.