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Dana invests in electric hybrid vehicle conversion specialist Hyliion

Dana has entered into a strategic partnership with Hyliion, which will see the New York-listed company take an equity position as a lead investor in the Class 8 electrification company.

Dana said: “The investment is another step in a cadence of strategic transactions to position Dana as the leader in e-propulsion.”

Under the agreement, Dana will become Hyliion’s source for traditional driveline components, as well as fully integrated e-axles – which include motors, inverters, controls, gearboxes, and thermal-management technologies.

Hyliion, founded in 2015, develops intelligent, electric-hybrid architectures for Class 8 vehicles that can be installed on new trucks or retrofitted on existing trucks. This could, essentially, see it turning a traditional 6×2 truck into a 6×4 hybrid. “The Hyliion 6X4HE features the company’s proprietary machine-learning algorithms and battery technology to optimise fuel savings and vehicle performance for reduced emissions and a better driver experience,” Dana said.

Mark Wallace, President of Dana Commercial Vehicle Driveline Technologies, who will become a member of Hyliion’s board of directors as part of the deal, said: “Dana’s investment in Hyliion continues to expand our growth and leadership in electrification across all vehicle segments and partners us with a front-runner in the hybridisation of Class 8 vehicles for fleets ready to adopt electrified vehicles today.

“Together with Hyliion, we have a unique opportunity to develop long-haul solutions that revolutionise power conveyance and support fleets in meeting their efficiency goals, while simultaneously advancing de-carbonisation efforts.”

With its investment in Hyliion, Dana is positioned to supply customers with complete hybrid systems through Hyliion’s intelligent electric-hybrid controls, proprietary battery technology, and integration capabilities, along with Dana’s offering of Spicer® Electrified e-Axles; TM4® motors, inverters, and power electronics; Long® thermal-management solutions; auxiliary system motors through Dana’s acquisition of SME Group; and traditional Spicer® axles and driveshafts, Dana said.

Thomas Healy, CEO of Hyliion, said: “Dana’s wealth of knowledge and extensive strategic experience in the commercial-vehicle market creates a dynamic combination for our Class 8 hybrid platform. We are excited to be joining forces to offer a go-to-market solution for fleets seeking e-propulsion technologies available today in the Class 8 segment.”

Dana’s established field service specialists will work together with Hyliion’s team to jointly call on fleets throughout North America, Dana said.

Hyliion offers fleets a way to decrease fuel expenses and lower emissions by turning semi-tractors into intelligent electric hybrid vehicles. Its patented technology can be used on new or existing vehicles. Requiring no driver training, Hyliion products reduce fuel consumption, reduce emissions, and provide a positive return to fleets and the environment immediately, Dana said.

Dana shifts Spicer gears for underground LHDs, mining trucks and wheel loaders

Dana has announced the development of the Spicer® TE50 powershift transmission designed for large LHDs, underground mining trucks and wheel loaders.

Engineered for vehicles from 400-600 kW (544-816 hp), the Spicer TE50 transmission offers superior performance through improved fuel efficiency, smoother shifting, more precise vehicle handling, and optimised braking, according to the company. The transmission will launch with vehicle manufacturers in the second half of 2019.

Aziz Aghili, President of Dana Off-Highway Drive and Motion Technologies, said: “As the market for mining and construction vehicles moves toward larger vehicles, demand is growing for advanced technologies that support greater productivity without sacrificing precise handling. The Spicer TE50 transmission delivers a robust solution that meets the performance requirements of heavy-duty, high-power applications that operate under some of the most challenging conditions in the world.”

The Spicer TE50 transmission is engineered to fit within current vehicle design envelopes and is offered with a four- or eight-speed gearbox for optimised shifting ratios. It is available with advanced automatic lockup, which improves fuel efficiency by enabling direct drive even at low speeds, Dana said.

An integrated, automatic retarder reduces brake wear and enables smoother, quieter braking. The new transmission is also equipped with three heavy-duty, auxiliary pump drives.

Visitors to the Bauma fair on April 8-14, will be able to see the new Spicer TE50 transmission and Dana’s other innovations for the mining and construction industries in hall A3, stand 325, as well as an outdoor vehicle demonstration area between halls A4 and A5.

Dana Off-Highway expands electrification offering with launch of new drivetrains

Dana has introduced two new electric drivetrain solutions for off-highway vehicles, including the Spicer® Electrified™ e-Axle and e-Gearbox.

These technologies enable electrified propulsion within established vehicle architectures by leveraging the company’s portfolio of motors, inverters, and controls, Dana said.

“Dana, through numerous organic and inorganic initiatives, has filled out its product portfolio to support the needs of its customers,” the company said. “The company will debut its electrified drivetrain solutions in April at Bauma alongside e-Propulsion technologies from the SME Group, which the company acquired earlier this month. These electrodynamic solutions support customers’ needs for efficiency, manoeuvrability, safety, and overall performance.”

Aziz Aghili, President of Dana Off-Highway Drive and Motion Technologies, said: “Vehicle manufacturers in mining, construction, and other off-highway markets are efficiently transitioning toward electrification, while retaining a large portion of their products in traditional technologies.

“Dana has positioned the company to be energy-source agnostic to support our customers across drivetrain configurations, including electrodynamic components that accelerate the adoption of electrification through the introduction of technologies specifically selected to meet the needs of current vehicle architectures.”

The Spicer Electrified e-Axle combines Dana’s heavy-axle design with a high-efficiency TM4 SUMO™ HP motor/generator and inverter combination for medium-sized mining trucks, medium-sized load haul dumpers, and large lift trucks.

Supplying 139 kW of continuous power and 193 kW at peak power, the TM4 motor/generator and inverter are joined at the centre housing of the axle to provide needed torque and efficiency within the space typically allotted for an internal-combustion engine and transmission.

The Spicer Electrified e-Gearbox features a compact design that manages high input speeds and accommodates the installation of an electric motor. “It offers a highly engineered interface for connecting cost-effective motors used in electrification with conventional Spicer hydrostatic transmissions,” Dana said.

Its plug-and-play design combines Dana-supplied TM4 and SME electric motors with Spicer hydrostatic transmissions for small- and medium-sized wheel loaders up to 10 ts and telehandlers with lift capacities up to 6.8 t.

The e-Gearbox will be available for customer testing in the second half of 2019.

Dana said: “The electrified propulsion technologies shown by Dana at Bauma (stand A3 325) will reflect the series of strategic moves made by the company to support electrification and hybridisation in the off-highway market over the past two years, including:

  • “The acquisition of the power-transmission and fluid power businesses of Brevini;
  • “The acquisition of a majority stake in TM4, a manufacturer of high-voltage electric motors, power inverters, and control systems;
  • “An agreement to purchase the Drive Systems segment of the Oerlikon Group, and;
  • “The acquisition of the SME Group, a designer and manufacturer of low-voltage motors and inverters.”

Combined with the company’s expertise in driveline technologies, sealing systems, and thermal management, these initiatives position Dana as the leading supplier of electrification solutions for the off-highway segment, the company said.