Development service provider FEV has signed a long-term agreement with US startup Hyliion. FEV will support the provider of electrified drive systems in the design, development, integration and production validation of the electric truck range extender.
Hyliion had introduced its Electric Range Extender (ERX) for Class 8 tractor-trailer applications last year. At the time, it said the powertrain was designed for a range of more than 1,000 miles, or about 1,600 kilometres. However, the electric range of the battery is only around 40 kilometres, the remaining power is to be generated by a natural gas range extender.
In 2020, it was still said that Hyliion would use drive components from Dana for the ERX hypertruck. This is neither confirmed nor denied in FEV’s current announcement. It simply states that the collaboration ensures “that the design, development, integration and optimization required for a production solution are performed in accordance with Hyliion’s business model while meeting the highest industry standards”.
In addition to helping develop the control strategy for the drive system, FEV will also provide vehicle integration for OEM ADAS functions, controls and driver interfaces. FEV’s hope: the company, which grew up as a development service provider for established carmakers, wants to further establish itself as a “holistic vehicle development partner for all mobility applications”.
“The ERX solution offers transportation companies virtually everything they could want in a net-carbon-negative sustainable emissions solution,” says Patrick Sexton, CTO at Hyliion. “It has similar range and faster acceleration than a comparable diesel solution, while also providing a significant total cost of ownership (TCO) benefit.”
There are no updates on the timeline in the FEV announcement. In 2020, Hyliion had indicated that the first demo vehicles would be built in 2021, with production of larger numbers planned for 2022.