AxleTech, a US-based speciality powertrain solutions provider is developing a heavy-duty e-powertrain system with Thor Trucks, a fleet-focused transportation lab that is building fully-electric commercial trucks. AxleTech and Thor Trucks will integrate AxleTech’s e-axle technology with Thor’s proprietary battery technology to create a fully electric commercial vehicle powertrain.
Bill Gryzenia, CEO, AxleTech said, “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.”
Giordano Sordoni, co-founder and COO of Thor Trucks said, “Thor Tucks will benefit tremendously from AxleTech’s industry-leading powertrain expertise as we work to meet the market’s increasing demand for electrification. This partnership is a significant stride forward in our pursuit to transform the commercial transportation industry.”
Thor Trucks is a California-based transportation lab focused on electrifying commercial fleets. Founded by fleet operators, Thor Trucks builds fully-electric trucks, including the battery, for medium-duty commercial applications. In July 2018, Thor Trucks had announced that it would partner with UPS to build and test two fully-electric delivery trucks in the greater Los Angeles area.
AxleTech provides integrated solutions for on-highway electric vehicles, including Class 6, 7, and 8 trucks, as well as transit applications. The company has reportedly established many other strategic partnerships with industry leaders to develop groundbreaking customised, 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 is claimed to enhance performance along with the ability to improve stealth characteristics, lower heat signatures, and improve fuel savings to logistics vehicles, tactical vehicles, and armoured personnel carriers.
AxleTech plans to launch its newest e-powertrain offering in 2019.