Dana and Mecalac to provide e-drivetrain for electric compact wheeled excavator
Dana Inc. announced its collaboration with Mecalac to develop a customized e-drivetrain system for the new Mecalac e12 electric compact wheeled excavator. This vehicle earned the Energy Transition Award earlier this year as part of the 2018 Intermat Innovation Awards.
With the Mecalac 12MTX as a base frame, this version is the world's first compact wheeled excavator powered entirely by electricity. Featuring Spicer 112 axles and a Spicer 367 shift-on-fly transmission, the Mecalac e12 wheeled excavator delivers the range, performance, and compact size required to support modern urban construction sites.
"As the European construction market embraces the trend toward zero-emission standards for small to mid-sized vehicles, our customers are demanding great strides in efficiency while also requiring reliable performance," said Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, Technologies Manager at Mecalac. "Dana was able to adapt the 12MTX drivetrain to add electric drive capabilities within our existing vehicle architecture. With their technical expertise and open collaboration, we developed an optimal solution and accelerated the delivery of this vehicle to market."
The engine compartment in the Mecalac e12 houses LiFePO4 lithium iron phosphate battery technology for service life that is three times longer than classic batteries—an 8-hour working range. The batteries can be charged in approximately seven hours.