Dana and Motiv Power Systems Collaborate on Integration of All-Electric Spicer Electrified e-Axle on Ford Super Duty F-550 Chassis
Arnold Lander posted on May 01, 2019 |
Two complementary technologies bringing electrification to commercial fleets

Dana and Motiv are collaborating to customize a Ford F-550 Chassis with an all-electric e-Axle. The vehicle can be used for box trucks, maintenance trucks, shuttle buses, and more.

Electric vehicles are a growing market segment in the automotive industry, and many automakers are creating new platforms to support the electric powertrain. However, methods of electrifying existing vehicle platforms may provide a cost-effective way for automakers such as Ford to serve the e-mobility market for commercial vehicles, in this case.

Dana Incorporated and Motiv Power Systems have announced a collaboration to integrate Dana's Spicer Electrified eS9000r e-Axle on the Ford F-550 chassis for use in commercial fleet applications.  By replacing the traditional mechanical driveline with an electric motor integrated directly into the vehicle's differential housing, the e-Axle provides greater design flexibility for battery placement and truck body attachment.  In addition to Dana's e-Axle technology, the chassis features Motiv's proprietary electric powertrain controls.

"Dana sees tremendous demand in the commercial vehicle space for full electrification, and the Ford F-550 chassis represents an ideal application for integrating our innovative e-Axle technology," said Mark Wallace, president of Dana Commercial Vehicle Driveline Technologies.  "Collaborating with pioneers like Motiv to offer integrated e-solutions enables commercial fleet owners to capitalize on the benefits of electrified vehicles."

Drop-In Replacement

The Spicer Electrified eS9000r consists of an integrated motor, transmission, and axle system, and is designed as a "drop-in" replacement for existing axles used in medium-duty truck and bus applications.  The vehicle is designed with a range of up to 90 miles and peak power of 226 kW for grade startability of 20 percent.  Dana's e-Axle includes a patent-pending integrated parking mechanism (park pawl) that eliminates the need for an external solution.

"We're proud of our role in this initial Ford F-550 application.  It represents a combination of two complementary technologies in bringing electrification to commercial fleets," said Matt O'Leary, CEO of Motiv.  "We share a common vision with Dana of expanding the market profile of battery electric vehicles in commercial transportation and welcome the opportunity to collaborate with them to advance this goal."

For more on how e-mobility is affecting the automotive industry, check out GM Investing $300 Million for New Electric Vehicle Plant.

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