ACT Expo 2021: Dana Launches e-Axle Production for e-Axles for Class 7-8 Vehicles, Including FCCC Electric Delivery Vehicle

August 31, 2021

Dana Inc. has expanded its Spicer Electrified e-Powertrain offerings to include single and tandem e-Axles designed for a wide variety of Class 7 and 8 applications, including the eS9000r e-Axle, which will support the launch of the Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation all-electric MT50e medium-duty delivery vehicle.

The new e-Axle portfolio supports Dana’s approach to meet the expanding group of Class 7 and 8 electric trucks available, including systems for direct drive, as well as 4×2, 6×2, and 6×4 multi-speed e-Axle systems.

“Dana has leveraged its experience in global heavy-duty e-Powertrain systems to introduce a complementing family of e-Axles that offer maximum efficiency, performance and reliability,” said Ryan Laskey, senior vice president of Commercial Vehicle Drive and Motion Systems for Dana. “These new product platforms utilize our proven, vertically integrated motors and inverters and provide our customer with improved packaging and efficiency for their electric vehicle needs. Our technical team is committed to providing our customers with the best purpose-built, zero-emission solutions.”

Designed with a custom Spicer S130 rear drive axle, the propulsion system for the MT50e application was engineered as a fully integrated e-Axle, including a gearbox and motor, providing up to 240 kW of power to support the vehicle’s driving range of up to 170 miles.

“Delivery fleets are adopting electrified vehicles today, and Dana is supporting platforms such as the FCCC MT50e, with optimal e-Powertrain solutions,” said Ryan Laskey, senior vice president of Commercial Vehicle Drive and Motion Systems for Dana. “As more and more vehicle manufacturers rely on Dana innovations for their electrified vehicle architectures, we continue to evaluate each application to provide the ideal electrodynamic system for the given vehicle, duty cycle, and customer requirements.”

The Zero-6 e-Axles efficiently integrate into the all-electric FCCC MT50e chassis, streamlining the e-Propulsion system that is designed with full-charge capability in about three hours using DC fast charging. Also included in the design of the e-Axle is Dana’s patented, electronically controlled parking pawl system.