Dana will soon begin production of its eS9000r e-axles – the first in a line of Spicer electrified Zero-6 e-axles – to support the market launch of the Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) all-electric MT50e medium-duty last-mile delivery vehicle. FCCC, belonging to the Daimler Group, is a primary manufacturer of gas, diesel and alternative-fuel chassis for the medium-duty pick-up and delivery markets.
Designed with a custom Spicer S130 rear drive axle, the propulsion system for the MT50e application is engineered as a fully integrated e-axle, including a gearbox and motor, providing up to 240 kW of power to support the vehicle’s driving range of up to 170 miles.
Introduced by FCCC in 2020, the MT50e chassis is designed to combine the reliability and durability of FCCC’s products with the efficiency and performance of a factory-installed, fully integrated electric power system. The chassis will feature an efficient and powerful battery system from Proterra, a California-based manufacturer of high-performance systems for heavy-duty platforms. The Proterra system powering the MT50e will feature 226 kWh of energy capacity and an all-electric, zero-emission drive system.
Dana Zero-6 e-Axles
The Zero-6 e-Axles efficiently integrate into the all-electric FCCC MT50e chassis, streamlining the e-Propulsion system that is designed with full-charge capability in about three hours using DC fast charging. Also included in the design of the e-Axle is Dana’s patented, electronically controlled parking pawl system.
«Delivery fleets are adopting electrified vehicles today, and Dana is supporting platforms such as the FCCC MT50e, with optimal e-Powertrain solutions», said Ryan Laskey, senior vice president of Commercial Vehicle Drive and Motion Systems for Dana. «As more and more vehicle manufacturers rely on Dana innovations for their electrified vehicle architectures, we continue to evaluate each application to provide the ideal electrodynamic system for the given vehicle, duty cycle, and customer requirements».