BAE Systems, Eaton collaborating on electric vehicle systems

by Today's Trucking

Electric propulsion specialist BAE Systems is partnering with Eaton to develop electric vehicle technologies for the commercial vehicle sector.

The two companies inked a Memorandum of Understanding that will see them work to build a commercial truck platform, beginning with a Class 7 already in development.

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The companies will incorporate BAE Systems’ electric motor and silicone carbide/gallium nitride power electronics suite with Eaton’s MD 4-speed EV transmission to suit electric pickup-and-delivery applications.

“Our complementary strengths and industry knowledge in providing clean transportation solutions will address a critical need for new, clean technology options for the global truck market,” said Steve Trichka, vice-president and general manager of power and propulsion solutions at BAE Systems. “Together, BAE Systems and Eaton will enable electric drive systems that are efficient, modular, and scalable for our customers.”

“Eaton is delighted to collaborate with BAE Systems to provide more electrified powertrain solutions to our commercial vehicle customers. Our medium duty 4-speed EV transmissions are proven in the industry to offer class-leading performance through superior acceleration and gradeability, while delivering advanced efficiency for the EV system,” added Mark Kramer, business unit director, ePowertrain, Eaton’s Vehicle Group.

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