Meritor Reports 22 Truck Electrification Programs With Global OEMs

JAN 19 2019 BY MARK KANE 11

Meritor Blue Horizon electric drivetrain systems attracted 130 pilot orders

The truck industry around the world is finally gearing-up for electrification. Meritor announced that it is already engaged in 22 electrification programs with global OEMs.

The pilot project will result in putting at least 130 fully electric medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks on the road through 2020.

One of the first will be medium-duty Peterbilt Model 220EV Class 6 pick-up and delivery trucks.

“In the first half of 2019, a major fleet customer will begin operating the first of six medium-duty Peterbilt Model 220EV Class 6 pick-up and delivery trucks equipped with Meritor’s 14Xe electric drive systems and fully integrated subsystems from TransPower, a leader in electrification technologies for large commercial vehicles. In 2017, Meritor announced a strategic investment in TransPower.

Meritor’s eCarrier platform integrates an electric motor into the axle, freeing up space for batteries and other components. This flexible design is the foundation for various drivetrain configurations, including full electric, hybrid and single or tandem axles with various options based on product application for vehicle Classes 5 through 8. Among the 130 commercial vehicles expected to be placed into service by 2020, 60 of these trucks received funding from the California Air Resources Board as part of a broader effort to reduce carbon emissions in freight facilities.

In addition to the truck applications, a prototype school bus outfitted with Meritor and TransPower electrification solutions has been exceeding expectations during testing in Escondido, California since late May. Testing includes climbing steep grades, stop-and-go at low speeds, off-road and freeway driving as well as heavy-load hauling on rural roads.”

John Bennett, vice president and chief technology officer for Meritor said:

“These emission-free solutions offered under Meritor’s Blue Horizon technology brand have the potential to transform the industry by meeting the rising global demand for clean, electric-powered drivetrains that we believe will deliver a high-efficiency solution that greatly reduces the total cost of ownership for our customers. These programs position Meritor for future growth in an emerging industry segment.”

“Several large customers have come out to see and ride the bus, and their comments are very complimentary from ride comfort, noise, vibration and harshness, acceleration, top speed and design simplicity standpoints,”

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Like a snowball gathering momentum😄

And the Accountants get the details of the economics…

The future is…. “Little Tortilla Boy” !!!!!

I used to be mad at my school, the teachers that taught me weren’t cool.
Filling me up with their rules.
I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, it’s getting better, all the time.
Repetition is the soul of this nitwit. (me)
It’s also the heart of rock & roll:

[cringe] That commercial is truly pathetic, both in the original *and* current meaning of the word.

Just a typical content free PR blurb. Move along there, nothing to see (yet?)

You got spell-checked: That commercial was truly Patriotic.
Getting us off oil is Right for AMERICA.

There are electric motor axles for 18 wheeler trailers.
Once they find out they can save millions on fuel, they pay attention.

I am sort of surprised that they haven’t added something like these axles and a battery pack to the trailer yet. The huge open space between the hitch and rear axles would hold 400-500 kWh of easily swapped battery packs and you could also run a quick connect line to the tractor if you needed.

They save millions, nation saves billions and planet saves in trillions multiplied by trillions for humanity.

Narration style is a real turn off!