Allison launches first e-axle production
The US supplier Allison Transmission has completed a new production line for e-axles at its plant in Auburn Hills in the state of Michigan. The new 10,000 square metre facility will produce Allison Transmission’s eGen Power electric axles for commercial vehicles.
These include the eGen Power 100D for heavy-duty 6×2 vehicles and the eGen Power 130D, which is intended for use in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. In addition, the plant produces the eGen Power 100S model, which is intended for heavy-duty 6×4 tractors and for heavy-duty tandem-axle vehicles, as well as for medium-duty trucks and school buses.
For Allison, these are the first all-electric powertrains, for which it has also set up its own production. So far, the company has produced automatic transmissions for internal combustion engines or hybrid drive solutions.
The company says it has made “significant investments” in the development and production of the E-axles – but does not put a figure on the investment. “The completion of the new assembly line and expansion of our e-Axle manufacturing capabilities marks a crucial step in bringing Allison’s eGen Power Series of electric axles to market,” says John Coll, senior vice president of global marketing, sales and service. “Through implementing this industry leading manufacturing and development infrastructure, we will ensure eGen Power e-Axles deliver the same uncompromising quality, reliability, durability and performance our customers have come to expect from our fully automatic transmission and electric hybrid propulsion solutions.”