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Trailer-Body Builders  /  April 25, 2019

Dana showed off its newest direct-drive electric powertrain and revealed new collaborations with Nordresa and Motiv Power Systems during the annual Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach CA.

The company’s TM4 SUMO LD electric powertrain features a motor-inverter combination designed for Class 2 through Class 6 vehicles, Dana said. The offering extends the TM4 SUMO lineup, which it says is powering more than 12,000 electrified vehicles.

Designed primarily for today’s direct-drive architectures, the TM4 SUMO LD also provides a modular solution for future transitions to widespread e-Axle platforms. When integrated with one of Dana’s electrified axle solutions, the TM4 SUMO LD can be configured for light-commercial, minibus and medium-duty truck and bus, as well as heavy-duty Class 8 hybrid vehicles, the company claimed.

“The TM4 SUMO direct-drive electric powertrain offering is a globally adopted, road-proven, highly efficient solution utilized in thousands of electrified vehicles, which is a key differentiator setting us apart from other electrodynamic solutions,” said Christophe Dominiak, chief technology officer for Dana.

“The SUMO LD series has been engineered into multiple Spicer Electrified products and is able to be adapted to the architecture requirements of our customers, from direct-drive solutions to fully integrated e-Axle designs.”

With three available models, the TM4 SUMO LD offers up to 250 kilowatts of continuous power and 1,200 newton meters of torque. Its new winding technology, combined with an internal permanent magnet (IPM) rotor design, yields a 10% decrease in magnets and creates a more lightweight and compact solution to fit smaller vehicle envelopes, Dana said.

The SUMO LD is matched with the three-phase CO150 inverter, which already is used in “thousands” of vehicles worldwide.

Dana, Nordresa electrify Isuzu chassis

Dana said it is partnering with Nordresa to integrate its Spicer Electrified eS9000r e-Axle on the Isuzu N-Series chassis for commercial fleet applications.

This new collaboration is in addition to the companies’ existing joint efforts to offer commercially available direct-drive systems, complete with TM4 motors and inverters, on battery electric medium-duty vehicle platforms.

The progression to fully integrated e-Axles allows the traditional mechanical driveline system to be replaced with an electric motor integrated directly into the vehicle’s differential housing, improving design flexibility for battery placement and truck body positioning, the company maintained.

Nordresa’s proprietary electric powertrain controls will be a key feature of the new chassis.

“As electrification continues to expand in the commercial-vehicle segment, Dana is focused on cultivating its product offerings to deliver immediate, tangible benefits to our customers,” said Mark Wallace, president of Dana Commercial Vehicle Driveline Technologies. “Collaborating with a leading integrator like Nordresa further supports our customers with complementary technologies that are ideal solutions for the medium-duty and bus markets.”

The Spicer Electrified eS9000r e-Axle consists of an integrated motor, transmission and axle system. It is designed as a “drop-in” replacement for existing axles used in medium-duty truck and bus applications. The e-Axle also incorporates an integrated parking mechanism (park pawl) that eliminates the need for an external solution on vehicles without a transmission, Dana said.

Developed jointly, the electric Isuzu N-Series chassis can be used for box trucks, maintenance trucks and more. It is designed for a range up to 110 miles and peak power of 226 kilowatts for grade startability of 20%.

“We continue to make progress in the development and integration of electrified drivetrains across a diverse set of applications and customers,” said Sylvain Castonguay, president and CEO of Nordresa. “We are pleased to be partnering with Dana, a leader in electrification, to extend those solutions even further as demand continues to grow.”

Dana, Motiv electrify Ford chassis

Dana Incorporated also is collaborating with Motiv Power Systems 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, Dana said. 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,” Wallace said. “Collaborating with pioneers like Motiv to offer integrated e-solutions enables commercial fleet owners to capitalize on the benefits of electrified vehicles.”

Added Matt O’Leary, CEO of Motiv: “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.

“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.”

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Dana launches TM4 Sumo electric powertrain for light-duty vehicles

Neil Abt, Fleet Owner  /  April 25, 2019

LONG BEACH, CA. Dana Inc. has launched its newest electric powertrain for Classes 2-6 vehicles, the TM4 Sumo LD.

Steve Slesinski, director of global product planning, made the announcement at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo.

There are three versions of the powertrain, which offer up to 250 kilowatts of continuous power. The TM4 Sumo can be configured for heavy-duty vehicles when integrated with Dana Spicer electrified axles.

Dana acquired a controlling interesting TM4 from Hydro-Québec last year.

Slesinski also announced that Dana is partnering with Nordresa to integrate its Spicer Electrified eS9000r e-Axle on the Isuzu N-Series chassis.

The axle is designed as a “drop-in” replacement for existing axles used in medium-duty truck and bus applications. It is designed for a range up to 110 miles and peak power of 226 kW for grade startability of 20%.

In another new collaboration, Dana and Motiv Power Systems said they are integrating the eS9000r e-Axle on the Ford F-550 chassis. The vehicle can be used for box trucks, maintenance trucks and shuttle buses.

“Dana sees tremendous demand in the commercial vehicle space for full electrification, and the Ford F-550 chassis (pictured above) represents an ideal application for integrating our innovative e-Axle technology,” said Mark Wallace, president of Dana Commercial Vehicle Driveline Technologies.

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Spicer Medium-Duty e-Axles Enter Production

 

Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT)  /  February 24, 2020

Dana has begun production of its Spicer Electrified eS9000r e-Axle for Class 4 and Class 5 trucks. The e-Axle will be available for ordering by vehicle manufacturers in the third quarter of 2020, the company announced during a Feb. 23 briefing at the annual meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council in Atlanta.

The manufacturer said it is the first to market with this e-Axle classification in North America and is the only supplier with the in-house capability to manufacture all components of the system, including the gears, axle, motor, and inverter.

The e-S9000r is based on the Spicer S110, S111, and S130 rear drive-axle platforms engineered for medium-duty truck and bus applications. The eS9000r is engineered as a fully integrated e-Axle, including a gearbox and motor, and is easily incorporated into most existing chassis.

Dana said moving the motor to the axle reduces driveline complexity while allowing batteries to be located between the frame rails to simplify truck body positioning.

The power rating for the eS9000r is 237 kilowatts or about 317 horsepower at 650 volts DC for grade startability of 20%. The axle has a patent-pending electronically controlled parking pawl system that eliminates the need for an external solution on vehicles without a traditional transmission.

The weight of the axle assembly including the water glycol-cooled Dana TM4 SUMO LD motor, CO150 inverter, and disc brakes is 815 pounds.

“The electrical componentry replaces the existing axle, driveshaft, transmission and engine, and aftertreatment in a traditional chassis," said Dana Director of Product Planning Steve Slesinski. "This gives our OEM partners some options to put the battery packs either between the frame rails or outside the frame rails."

"The eS9000r e-Axle is built on our distinguished single drive axle and e-Powertrain platform, offering a streamlined electronic propulsion system for increased reliability and efficiency," said Mark Wallace, president of Dana Commercial Vehicle Drive and Motion Systems.

"With an extensive level of electrification activity in Class 4 and Class 5 vehicles, we anticipate this truck class to be the first for widespread deployment and are ready to support our customers with industry-leading electrodynamic solutions," he added.

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