Specialty powertrain supplier AxleTech announced it is developing a heavy-duty e-powertrain system with Thor Trucks. The companies will integrate AxleTech's e-axle technology with Thor's 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," said Bill Gryzenia, CEO, 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 is a California-based transportation lab focused on electrifying commercial fleets. In July 2018, Thor Trucks announced it will partner with UPS to build and test two fully-electric delivery trucks in the greater Los Angeles Area.
"Thor Tucks will benefit tremendously from AxleTech's industry-leading powertrain expertise as we work to meet the market's increasing demand for electrification," said Giordano Sordoni, cofounder and COO of Thor Trucks. "This partnership is a significant stride forward in our pursuit to transform the commercial transportation industry."
AxleTech provides integrated solutions for on-highway electric vehicles, including Class 6, 7, and 8 trucks, as well as transit applications. The company has established many other strategic partnerships with industry leaders to develop customized, fully integrated electric powertrain systems.
Earlier this year, the company unveiled its next-generation electric independent suspension concept for high-mobility applications. AxleTech's 5000 Series eISAS concept enhances performance and can improve stealth characteristics, lower heat signatures, and improve fuel savings to logistics vehicles, tactical vehicles, and armored personnel carriers.
AxleTech plans to launch its newest e-powertrain offering in January 2019.