Workhorse puts e-Drive to work

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Dana and Workhorse Group have joined forces to develop a city delivery vehicle featuring Dana Spicer’s electrified integrated e-Drive axle.

The axle comes in an optimized package that allows for more battery space inside the frame rails and accommodates features such as side steps, the companies say.

The eS5700r model for Class 3 vehicles is designed to drop in to existing suspensions, and has a nominal voltage of 380 VAC and peak power of 130 kW. It features a water-glycol-cooled motor and inverter, and integrated electronically controlled parking feature. With disc brakes it weighs in at 673 lb.

Its larger counterpart — the eS9000r for Class 4, 5 and 6 – has 237 kW of maximum power and 400-650 VAC of nominal voltage, and weighs 816 lb. with disc brakes.

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John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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