BAE Systems, Eaton test electric commercial truck drive technology

BAE Systems, Eaton test electric commercial truck drive technology

Testing occurred at Eaton’s proving grounds in Marshall, Mich., on a Class 7 demonstration vehicle.

BAE Systems and Eaton announced that they recently successfully tested their integrated electric drive system for medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks. Using this technology, BAE systems said existing truck models can be adapted across various zero-emission applications. Testing occurred at Eaton’s proving grounds in Marshall, Mich., on a Class 7 demonstration vehicle. The vehicle met key on-road performance goals, including gradeability and highway speed, within one electric vehicle (EV) system, BAE Systems said.

BAE Systems’ electric motor and suite of modular power electronics is combined with Eaton’s MD four-speed EV transmission to create a comprehensive system for commercial vehicles, the companies explained in a recent press release. It can also be fitted with Eaton’s HD-4 EV transmission, offering a full line of electric drive systems for commercial trucks above 19 tons. BAE Systems noted that due to unique architecture, it uses a reduced number of components, cables and connections that could allow space and weight savings on the vehicle.

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