Michigan-based AxleTech, a provider of specialty powertrain solutions, is developing a heavy-duty e-powertrain system in collaboration with California-based Thor Trucks, a fleet-focused transportation lab building fully electric commercial trucks.
The partners will integrate AxleTech’s e-axle technology with Thor’s proprietary battery technology to create a fully electric commercial vehicle powertrain.
“Electric powertrains for on-highway use are rapidly advancing at a global scale, and AxleTech’s technology has kept pace with this evolution,” states Bill Gryzenia, CEO of AxleTech. “Due to the acute market need for these solutions, we are proud to work alongside Thor Trucks to build the most advanced integrated powertrain components for driveline electrification. Our team takes this role seriously and is relentless in identifying and developing the next generation of electric powertrain systems.”
Thor Trucks builds fully electric trucks, including the battery, for medium-duty commercial applications. In July, the company announced a partnership with UPS to build and test two electric delivery trucks in the greater Los Angeles Area.
Giordano Sordoni, co-founder and chief operating officer of Thor Trucks, says, “This partnership is a significant stride forward in our pursuit to transform the commercial transportation industry.”
AxleTech plans to launch its newest e-powertrain offering in January 2019.