Meritor announces investment in electric vehicle tech company

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Updated Dec 12, 2017

Meritor is the latest truck component company to embrace electrification, announcing Friday a strategic investment in TransPower, a leader in electrification technologies for large commercial vehicles.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Meritor President and CEO Jay Craig, CEO says TransPower’s knowledge and hands-on experience with electrical vehicle technologies and system integration gives the company a significant competitive advantage in developing electrical drive systems in the evolving market.

“This investment reinforces our commitment to deliver high-efficiency solutions for medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles supported by proven solutions,” he says.

California-based TransPower supplies integrated drive systems, full electric truck solutions and energy-storage subsystems to major manufacturers of trucks, school buses, refuse vehicles and terminal tractors. The company has been focused exclusively on developing electrical drive solutions for more than seven years.

With its investment in TransPower, Meritor expects to accelerate introduction of its flexible electric axle platform for various drivetrain configurations, including full electric, hybrid, single or tandem axles. Meritor’s lightweight carrier is designed for city-delivery, medium-duty and transit bus, as well as off-road and severe-duty applications.

TransPower’s electric drive solutions have been in daily use in commercial vehicles built by major OEMs with approximately 110,000 miles logged, according to Michael Simon, president and CEO, TransPower. The company also retrofits its electric drive solutions into existing vehicle platforms.

“Meritor’s investment in TransPower could enable large-scale manufacturing of electric drive components and systems,” Simon says. “Our expertise in systems engineering and controls for EVs complements Meritor’s strong brand and century of experience in designing and manufacturing drivetrain products for the commercial vehicle industry.”