Meritor and ConMet have entered into a collaboration agreement in which Meritor will develop purpose-built trailer suspensions, brakes and tire inflation systems to work with ConMet's PreSet Plus eHub – a system that will enable production of zero-emissions refrigerated trailers.
To deliver this electrified trailer solution, Meritor will redesign its trailer suspension and drum brake, including a specifically engineered spindle package to be compatible with ConMet's eHub. The companies will also continue to jointly evaluate the application of industry leading, complementary advanced technologies that address evolving e-mobility market trends.
ConMet Vice President and General Manager of eMobility Marc Trahand said ConMet identified refrigerated trailers as the first application for its electrification solution, utilizing in-wheel motors to enable zero-emission refrigeration. "However, ConMet's eHub system provides design flexibility as a building block for a variety of applications in the commercial vehicle market," he added.
The agreement with ConMet eMobility, said Saad Malik, general manager, Front Drivetrain and Trailer for Meritor, is another example of an eOptimized product solution by Meritor "that brings tire management and zero-emission solutions to the commercial vehicle industry."