April 26, 2019 4:00 PM, EDT

Suppliers Chart Path to Electric Future

SuppliersLion's electric Class 8 truck, the Lion 8, on display at a previous industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Suppliers, service providers and truck makers unveiled alternative fuel-related initiatives in conjunction with the recent Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, Calif.

  • Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. announced the development of axles for electric vehicles. The AXE Series electric powertrain will be integrated in Peterbilt Motor Co.’s Model 579EV electric Class 8 vehicle for evaluation and testing. As a result, the truck features 1,475 horsepower, or 1,100 kilowatts. Peterbilt is a unit of Paccar Inc.
  • Dana Inc. launched its newest direct-drive electric powertrain, the TM4 SUMO LD. The motor-inverter combination is designed for Class 2 through Class 6 vehicles. The new offering extends the TM4 SUMO lineup, which is powering more than 12,000 electrified vehicles, according to the company.
  • Also, Dana will partner with Nordresa to integrate its Spicer Electrified eS9000r e-Axle on the Isuzu N-Series medium-duty chassis for battery-electric commercial fleet applications. Dana also announced a collaboration to integrate Dana’s Spicer Electrified eS9000r e-Axle on the Ford F-550 chassis for use in commercial fleet applications. The electric motor is integrated directly into the vehicle’s differential housing. In addition to Dana’s e-Axle technology, the chassis features Motiv’s proprietary electric powertrain controls.
  • Meritor Inc. announced it will supply all-electric drivetrain systems under its Blue Horizon technology brand for 38 terminal tractors in California at the ports of Long Beach and Oakland. The tractors will be equipped with TransPower-designed drive, powertrain controls, accessory and energy storage subsystems along with Meritor axles and brakes which work in tandem with the TransPower electric powertrain. Deliveries of the vehicles are scheduled to begin later this year through October 2020. Meritor and TransPower were awarded the $17.1 million contract with SSA Marine as part of the $50 million Port of Long Beach obtained from the California Air Resources Board’s Zero and Near Zero Emission Freight Facility program.
  • Penske Truck Leasing opened commercial heavy-duty electric vehicle charging stations, with 14 high-speed chargers, at four of its facilities in Southern California. The company’s near-term plan includes adding at least six more chargers, bringing the total to 20. Penske believes these are the first DC fast-charging stations in the United States designed specifically for heavy-duty commercial electric vehicles.
  • The Lion Electric Co. announced its first all-electric Class 8 urban trucks for U.S. customers will go to Constar Supply and C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. in California. Both companies benefited from the California Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project that funds part of the upfront capital cost of the vehicle, according to Québec-based Lion.
  • Trillium, a unit of Love’s Travel Stops, announced PowerUP by Trillium, a charging program designed to serve electric vehicle fleets. PowerUP uses a mix of power-supply technology ranging from solar panels and on-site generation using renewable natural gas to energy storage and power supplied from the local electric utility when necessary. PowerUP is the first integrated electric vehicle charging solution of its kind in the United States and is now available to all centrally fueled electric vehicle fleets, according to Houston-based Trillium.