Dana Announces New HD, MD e-Axles

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LONG BEACH, Calif. — Dana Inc. announced an expansion of its Spicer Electrified e-powertrain offerings to include a family of single and tandem e-axles designed for a variety of Classes 7 and 8 applications.

The new Spicer Electrified Zero-8 e-axles portfolio supports the diverse landscape of Classes 7 and 8 EV architectures with multifaceted electric powertrain solutions, including systems for direct drive and now 4x2, 6x2 and 6x4 multispeed e-axle systems, according to the Maumee, Ohio-based company.

“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,” Ryan Laskey, senior vice president of commercial vehicle drive and motion systems at Dana, said in a release.

The new e-axles are “currently undergoing testing around the world in both battery-electric and fuel-cell applications and are ready for full-scale adoption as the commercial-vehicle segment continues to progress to fully electrified platforms,” Laskey added.

Dana said it has commitments from global original equipment manufacturers’ customers with deliveries beginning in late 2023.

The 4x2, 6x2 and 6x4 configurations are compatible with drum or disc brakes, and are available as completely integrated fully dressed assemblies. The e-axles range from 52,000 Nm to 69,000 Nm of nominal output torque, and support gross axle weight ratings (GAWR) from 21,000 to 30,000 pounds for single e-axle configurations, and 40,000 to 52,000 pounds for tandem e-axle propulsion.

Additional features of the system are its modular motor design that provides easy accessibility for servicing and maintenance, and a motor interchange capability for increased ease of scalability in the Classes 7 and 8 application range, further accommodating customers’ electrified platforms.

Dana also reported it will begin production of the first in a line of Spicer Electrified Zero-6 e-axles, its eS9000r e-axle, to support the market launch of the Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.’s all-electric MT50e medium-duty last-mile delivery vehicle.

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