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Meritor to begin commercial truck electric powertrain production

Jason Morgan is the editor of Fleet Equipment. He has more than 15 years of B2B journalism experience covering the likes of trucking and construction equipment, real estate, movies and craft beer industries.

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Meritor Inc. says production of its 14Xe all-electric, fully integrated, commercial electric powertrain for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles will begin mid-2021.

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“The 14Xe ePowertrain has been tested in various conditions around the world with several OEMs, vehicle types and applications, so we can offer the industry a proven electric powertrain technology,” said T.J. Reed, vice president of global electrification for Meritor. “In January 2020, we announced our agreement with PACCAR to be its non-exclusive supplier of electric powertrains. One year later, we are nearing production and preparing to put vehicles on the road.”

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Meritor’s integrated all-electric powertrain on display.

The 14Xe electric powertrain, which will be produced at Meritor’s facilities in Asheville and Forest City, North Carolina, is designed to provide efficiency, performance, weight savings and space utilization, the company says.

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Meritor displays the installation of its proprietary electric powertrain on the right vs. conventional electric powertrain placement on the left.
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An example of Meritor’s integrated powertrain installation. (Right)

According to Meritor, key advantages of the 14Xe ePowertrain over remote mount systems include:

  • Tighter turning radius due to a shorter wheelbase;
  • Increased room between frame rails for additional battery capacity, which extends the range of the vehicle; and
  • Up to 800 lbs. lighter.

Meritor received the first Class 8 truck production contract for electric powertrains in the industry in early 2020. Meritor’s powertrain control module complies with ISO-26262 ASIL-C rating, the international standard for functional safety in the automotive industry that applies to electrical and electronic systems consisting of hardware and software components in vehicles.

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