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BAE Systems and Eaton Extend Collaboration for Heavy-Duty Truck Electric Drives

BAE Systems and Eaton

BAE Systems, renowned for its electric propulsion expertise, and Eaton, a global leader in power management, are broadening their

BAE Systems, renowned for its electric propulsion expertise, and Eaton, a global leader in power management, are broadening their partnership to encompass electric vehicle (EV) solutions tailored for heavy-duty trucks. This collaborative effort presents original equipment manufacturers and commercial vehicle modifiers with a versatile, state-of-the-art EV system, delivering comprehensive, efficient, and emissions-free capabilities across various platforms.

In 2023, the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding to provide electric drive technology solutions for the medium-duty truck market. The expanded collaboration now includes heavy-duty applications, offering manufacturers a complete line of electric drive systems for commercial trucks above 19 tons.

BAE Systems will now combine its electric motor and suite of power dense, advanced power electronics with Eaton’s HD 4-speed EV transmission to provide a full heavy-duty EV system. Along with the existing MD-4 solution, the integrated systems are designed for medium- and heavy-duty applications, including pick-up and delivery trucks, school and transit buses, and material handling, refuse, and regional haul trucks.

“We are combining our expertise and proven technology to provide customers with a complete EV solution,” said Bob Lamanna, vice president and general manager of Power & Propulsion Solutions at BAE Systems.

“By expanding our scope to include more vehicle ratings, our robust system ensures high performance and reliability across a wider range of classes and sizes,” said Mark Kramer, business unit director, ePowertrain, Eaton’s Vehicle Group.

The BAE Systems and Eaton solution delivers proven technology in an integrated package that meets the demands of the commercial truck market, backed by decades of collective experience in vehicle electrification. BAE Systems’ power electronics feature advanced materials and a compact, modular design that uses fewer parts, making it highly reliable and adaptable to diverse platforms. Eaton’s MD and HD EV transmissions are purpose-built to increase range, grade capability, and acceleration for commercial electric vehicles.

BAE Systems’ electric drive technology builds on more than 25 years of innovation that powers low- and zero-emission platforms on land and sea, including battery electric, fuel cell, and hybrid electric vehicles. The company has more than 16,000 propulsion systems operating in transit buses, boats, military and industrial vehicles across the globe with over five billion miles of proven performance.

Its electric propulsion technology is developed, manufactured, and serviced at its facilities in Endicott, New York, Rochester, U.K, and Guaymas, Mexico.

SOURCE: BAE Systems

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