Toyota’s commercial vehicle brand Hino Trucks has integrated fully electric axles by Allison Transmission into next-gen heavy-duty EVs. The Japanese manufacturer has completed testing and validation of Allison’s eGen PowerTM 100D fully electric axle in its XL series.
The Hino electric trucks are about to progress into production, then with Allison’s axles. The US company completed the new production lines for the eGen series in Michigan last November. A test ride event with Hino trucks is happening at the Allison headquarters.
Hino selected the Allison eGen Power 100D due to its “electromechanical sophistication, a next-generation controls system and industry-leading packaging,” said Glenn Ellis, Senior Vice President of Customer Experience, Hino Trucks.
The companies have been working on developing and validating the integration together. “We appreciate their willingness to adapt and refine the e-Axle to meet our needs,” Ellis said.
Rohan Barua, Vice President, North America Sales, Global Channel and Aftermarket, Allison Transmission, was “proud to continue our longstanding partnership with Hino as we evolve our eGen family of electric propulsion solutions to meet the unique needs of our OEM and fleet customers.”
The eGen Power 100D features two electric motors, each generating 454 kW of continuous power, with peak combined power of 652 kW. The e-Axle integrates a two-speed gearbox within the central housing. Allison says this is to provide the high torque required to get heavy loads moving while also benefiting efficiency at cruise speed. The eGen Power 100D supports a 10.4-tonne or 23,000-pound gross axle weight rating and includes differential lock functionality.
For Allison, the eGen is among the first all-electric powertrains. So far, the company has produced automatic transmissions for internal combustion engines or hybrid drive solutions.
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