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.