Through a memorandum of understanding, AE Systems and Eaton will initially offer a solution for the medium-duty commercial truck platforms market, with a Class-7 pickup and delivery demonstration vehicle in development. The target is implementing a complete EV system for medium-duty vehicles, like those used for a variety of pickup and delivery applications.
In the ambit of the collaboration, BAE Systems will integrate its power-dense electric motor and advanced silicon carbide/gallium nitride power electronics suite with Eaton’s MD 4-speed EV transmission to provide a comprehensive EV system for medium-duty vehicles, such as those used for a variety of pick-up and delivery applications. Leveraging industry-leading technology, the complete solution will provide original equipment manufacturers with a durable, high performance, compact, efficient, and optimized system with flexibility to work with multiple zero-emission platforms.
Steve Trichka, vice-president and general manager of Power & Propulsion Solutions at BAE Systems. “Together, BAE Systems and Eaton will enable efficient modular and scalable electric drive systems for our customers “.
Mark Kramer, director of the business unit, ePowertrain, Eaton’s Vehicle Group stated instead: “Eaton is pleased to collaborate with BAE Systems to supply more electrified propulsion solutions to our customers of commercial vehicles. Our 4-speed electric vehicles’ transmissions have proved to offer top performances in the category in the sector, due to the higher acceleration and surmountable slopes, at the same time offering advanced efficiency for the electric vehicle system”.