Expanding the company’s extensive portfolio of power technologies and drive axles for electric and hybrid vehicles, Dana Inc. has introduced the Spicer Electrified portfolio of fully integrated motor, control and e-drive technologies that advance electric propulsion systems.
Addressing each of its end markets – light, commercial and off-highway vehicles – the portfolio builds on Dana’s research in electric driveline technologies and complements the company’s battery-cooling solutions offered under the Long brand portfolio.
“Dana has a unique ability to leverage knowledge across multiple end markets, and we are confident that our investment and research will benefit the advancement of technology for the entire mobility industry,” says James Kamsickas, Dana president and CEO. “The Spicer Electrified strategy will build on Dana’s experience and successes, while further accelerating electric driveline technology and real-world applications over the next decade and beyond.”
Currently in production, the Spicer EV Drive for electric vans manages speed and torque, from the e-motor, to the wheels. Planned for launch in 2018, Dana’s new e-axles for electric transit buses and city delivery vehicles feature a fully integrated motor and gearbox and leverage the company’s experience in chassis drivetrain applications.
According to the company, Dana is also working with automotive manufacturers to develop all-wheel-drive (AWD) e-axles that deliver enhanced performance, packaging and reliability, while meeting customer demand for AWD functionality paired with traditional front-wheel-drive hybrids.
“Our Spicer Electrified brand is the result of a comprehensive strategy to leverage Dana’s experience and research across all vehicle markets to accelerate the introduction of cleaner, more efficient drivetrain components for electric and hybrid vehicles,” says Bob Pyle, president of Dana light vehicle driveline technologies and recently designated to lead Dana’s enterprise strategy for electric and hybrid technologies.