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Dana unveils new electric motor, drive axle for lift trucks

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David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

Dana Inc. has introduced new drive technologies for material-handling vehicles, including a low-voltage, high-efficiency motor for electric-powered applications, as well as a new series of modular, high-efficiency drive axles for Class I, IV, and V industrial lift trucks.

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New low-voltage, high-efficiency motor

Dana has launched a new 48- to 120/144-volt synchronous reluctance internal permanent magnet (SRIPM) motor targeted for Class I electric lift trucks, sideloaders, and mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs). Delivering up to 95% efficiency, the motor prolongs battery life and extends duty cycles by delivering higher power density than the AC motors typically used in these applications, Dana says.

Currently available for field testing by equipment manufacturers, the motor offers continuous power from 20 kW to 60 kW, and peak power from 30 kW to 70 kW. It is scheduled for production in late 2020.

The motors can be combined with Dana’s inverter, controller, software and drive products.

Spicer 141 Axle

Designed for Class I, IV, and V industrial lift trucks, the Spicer 141 axle is a scalable, modular platform built for heavy loads while offering durability, reliability, and ease of maintenance, Dana says.

Available now for cushion- and pneumatic-tire forklift trucks, the Spicer 141 axle offers a range of ratios to optimize tractive performance. Available with wet brake and drum brake configurations, the new series of axles includes a variety of mast and frame mounting options. Its new lifetime wet brake offering comes standard with an internal spring-applied hydraulic-release (SAHR) parking brake to support industry safety initiatives, the company adds.

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