Dana continues its quest to become the leader in end-to-end electric powertrain systems with the announcement of the Spicer Electrified e-Powertrain solution for terminal tractors built by Lonestar Specialty Vehicles. Dana’s e-Powertrain system can be adapted by Lonestar SV into a vehicle with a non-powered rolling chassis, or into existing diesel-powered vehicles for an all-electric power solution to repurpose aging diesel-powered equipment.
The e-Powertrain system leverages motor, inverter, power electronics cradle and battery systems components from a number of Dana acquisitions in the last two years, including Nordresa, TM4, SME and Oerlikon, as well as the company’s investment in Hyliion’s Class 8 electric hybrid solution.
“This competency, augmented with Lonestar’s extensive vehicle assembly and refurbishing experience, provides fleets the ability to immediately outfit terminal tractors with complete electrified systems for reduced emissions and increased operating efficiencies,” said Mark Wallace, president of Dana Commercial Vehicle Driveline Technologies.
The e-Powertrain system consists of the Spicer Electrified e-Propulsion system with a Dana TM4 motor and inverter and the Spicer Electrified e-Power system that generates, stores and manages the energy for the vehicle and is comprised of battery packs, a battery management system, on-board charger, power electronics cradle, and electrified auxiliary systems.
Lonestar SV’s vehicles are available in 4×2, 6×2 and 6×4 configurations and can allow as much as 22 hours of continuous operation with a two-hour recharge.
Dana also announced it has partnered with an unnamed North American commercial vehicle manufacturer to bring the e-Powertrain system to medium-duty vehicles for order in the second half of 2020. It also is entering an e-Powertrain development project with another truck manufacturer.
Steve Slesinski, Dana’s director of product planning, said the 16,000 Dana-powered electric vehicles worldwide have logged more than 600 million customer miles and resulted in a reduction of 160,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide and a savings of 3.5 billion gallons of diesel fuel.